In a move that is seldom seen, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy has written to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde against Justice NV Ramanna alleging the latter of interventions to protect the interest of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
Notably, Justice NV Ramana is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
CM Reddy has urged the CJI SA Bobde to ensure that Andhra Pradesh’s judicial neutrality is maintained.
Dated October 6, the chief minister’s eight-page letter refers to Justice Ramana’s alleged proximity with N Chandrababu Naidu and his interventions to protect the interests of TDP and its party men. It also pointed out an Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation into alleged Amaravati land scam.
He cited the recent order passed by the Chief Justice of the High Court in a writ petition No. 16468 of 2020 filed by former Advocate-General Dammalapati Srinivas, staying investigation in the FIR lodged against Srinivas and a gag order on the press, against which an SLP was preferred.
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The letter was released by Ajeya Kallam, Principal Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister on Saturday evening.
Allegations in the letter
Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy has written an eight-page letter to the CJI making the allegations against Justice NV Ramana. Some of the allegations are:
“With a sense of pain and anguish at the politicisation of institutions personally monitored by Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu through honourable sitting Judges of Supreme Court, facts would clearly demonstrate that the august institution of the High Court is being used to destabilize and topple the democratically elected Government of the State of AP with indelible trail leading back to the overt and covert actions of Sri N Chandrababu Naidu through Honourable Sri Justice NV Ramana.”
“Justice NV Ramana has been influencing sittings of the High Court including the roster of a few Honourable Judges and instances of how matters important to Telegu Desam Party have been allocated to few Honourable judges are enclosed in the annexure along with copies of orders passed. The above clearly demonstrates the nexus of Sri Justice NV Ramana, TDP, and few Honourable judges of the High Court.”
“Justice Ramana’s proximity to Chandrababu Naidu is well known. I am making this statement with utmost responsibility. I may only bring it to your notice that a former judge of the honourable Supreme Court, Justice Chelameswar, placed this fact on record with EVIDENCE.”
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