Justice UU Lalit recuses from hearing plea against the Andhra CM over press conference against Justice NV Ramana

Justice UU Lalit recuses from hearing plea against the Andhra CM over press conference against Justice NV Ramana

Early Today, the supreme court was hearing three separate petitions against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, seeking writ of Quo Warranto for removing him from the post of Chief Minister.

Firstly, the petitions came before the Supreme Court Judge, Justice UU Lalit, seeking action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, YS Jaganmohan Reddy for raising allegations against Supreme Court Justice NV Ramana, publicly in a press conference. Upon hearing the matter, Justice Lalit recuses from hearing plea remarking that;

“As a lawyer, I had represented these parties in litigation. I cannot take up this matter. Let this matter be listed at the earliest before any other judge decided by the CJI.”

After the plea was recused by Justice Lalit, the petitions came up before a Bench comprising with Justices Vineet Saran and Ravindra Bhat.

In its plea, the petitioners have submitted that the allegations made by CM against State High Court Judge, Justice NV Ramana are baseless. And have sought a judicial inquiry by an internal committee headed by sitting or retired Judges of the Supreme Court or any authority including the Central Bureau of Investigation, into the allegations raised by the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.

Moreover, the petitioners have also claimed that the CM Reddy is facing 20 criminal cases upon him. The bench was hearing three separate petitions seeking inquiry and action against the Chief Minister for his scandalizing remarks against Justice NV Ramana in a press conference.

Three advocates GS Mani, Pradeep Kumar Yadav and Sunil Kumar Singh and NGO Anti-Corruption Council of India Trust have filed petition against him.

Earlier, Attorney General KK Venugopal had refused to reconsider his decision to decline consent for contempt proceedings against Andhra CM as he has said that, the CJI was aware of the matter and it would be, therefore, inappropriate for him to give consent and “preclude the determination of the Chief Justice of India on the matter”.

“By the conduct of Andhra CM, the faith of public at large is shaken. Because his conduct is nothing but an attempt to de-stabilise the duly established democratic setup of our country,” Singh’s petition in Supreme Court states.

The plea added that the guidelines may be framed to tackle and handle such irresponsible activities. Therefore, it was averted that the timing of the allegation was highly suspicious and doubtful as the judge is in the service of the Indian judiciary for long but the Andhra Pradesh CM preferred not to disclose those charges earlier.

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