The vacation bench comprising Justice B. Prakash Rao and Justice V. Eswaraiah of the AP High Court on Wednesday listed to May 24 the hearing of a plea seeking a direction not to allow Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and Ms Y.S. Vijayalakshmi to take oath as member of Lok Sabha and member of Legislative Assembly respectively.
Mr P. Satyanarayana, a city advocate, moved the motion during the lunch session of the court. He told the court that the Election Commission had not taken any steps to verify if the assets disclosed by them were correct before accepting their nominations. He contended that if the EC allotted the seat without verifying the properties disclosed by the candidates and allowed them to get elected, the very objective of insisting that the candidates disclose their properties will be defeated.
The petitioner told the court that Mr Jagan and his mother have vast properties and assets that were not disclosed. He said that the EC did not have a machinery to verify if the property disclosed was correct and no machinery to seize the properties that are owned by the candidates but not disclosed at the time of the elections. He said Mr Jagan had spent a lot of money for the elections, including distribution of money to voters.
He urged the court to direct the EC to conduct an enquiry on disclosure of assets of the respondents at the time of filing the nomination and also their poll expenditure and take action. Due to paucity of time to hear lunch motions, the bench directed the registry to list all motions to May 24.
Plea for CBI probe into Nellore fraud
The vacation bench of the High Court on Wednesday admitted a writ petition filed seeking a CBI probe into the alleged fraud in Nellore district in establishing 25 thermal power plants in the private sector.
While admitting the plea, the bench issued notices to the state and the Centre asking them to explain the reasons for their decision to accord permissions to thermal power plants in Nellore.
Mr Bezavada Govinda Reddy, Congress leader from the district filed the writ. The bench was not inclined to grant interim relief sought by him through a miscellaneous petition to stay the establishment of the plants. The bench posted hearing on his interim prayer to May 24. The petitioner alleged there were huge irregularities in acquiring 30,000 acres for the power projects.
Writ seeks ACB DG off DGP list
A writ petition was filed in the AP High Court on Wednesday seeking a direction to the state government not to send the name of Mr Umesh Kumar, director-general of Anti-Corruption Bureau, along with the names of five other IPS officers to the Union Public Service Commission for the post of the director-general of police.
The Central Administrative Tribunal recently passed an order directing the state to send a panel of six IPS officers consisting of Mr P. Gautam Kumar, Mr A. Shivshankar, Mr Alok Srivastava, Mr K. Aravinda Rao, Mr Umesh Kumar and Mr K.R. Nandan to the UPSC, that will in turn short-list a three-member panel and send back to the government. Mr A. Pavan Kumar, an advocate, approached the court contending that Mr Umesh Kumar is not eligible for the post as there were allegations against him when he served as superintendent of police of Prakasam district and the ACB also registered a case against him and others.
He said the fate of the case by the ACB was not known. He urged the HC to restrain the state from sending Mr Umesh Kumar’s name. Mr V. Dinesh Reddy, DG of vigilance and enforcement, also moved the HC with a plea to grant a stay on the process of sending the panel to the UPSC. DC