Supreme Court to hear plea seeking removal of Jaganmohan Reddy from Andhra CM post

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The Supreme Court will today hear a PIL seeking the removal of YS Jaganmohan Reddy from the post of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister over his "scandalising" remarks against the second senior-most judge of the top court.

 

The Supreme Court to hear two petitions against Andhra Pradesh government’s press conference accusing Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana and some high court judges in a letter written by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit is likely to hear the cases filed by two petitioners. 

The first plea is filed by advocate G S Mani. He stressed that Jagan Mohan has no authority to hold the CM’s office as he is misusing the same.

The petition states that it is not permissible for a person  holding a constitutional post to make false, vague, scandalised remarks and political allegation against the senior most sitting judge of the apex court , openly in the public and media after sending a communication to the Chief Justice of India.

“Reddy should be removed as the Chief Minister as he, in public and media, had levelled such kind of allegations against the second senior-most judge of the apex court, Justice NV Ramana, without any basis”, the plea said.

"In order to get personal gain from the court by abusing his power and post as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, he allegedly openly made false, scandalised remarks, vague, and political allegations against a sitting judge of the top court only to tarnish the image of the judiciary in the public mind," the plea said.

 The second petition has been filed on behalf of advocate Sunil Kumar Singh. He has sought  a stay on such press briefings by the chief minister against judges. 

The PIL also contended that Jagan Mohan Reddy is facing more than 20 criminal cases including money laundering and corruption in the court which are very serious in nature.

The plea also said that appropriate action for his removal as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh must be taken against him immediately by the top court.

It also sought a detailed judicial enquiry, by constituting an internal committee headed by sitting or retired judges of Supreme Court or any authority including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), over the vague allegation made by Reddy against Justice Ramana.

 

With inputs from Agency

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