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Centre’s volte face on 14F

Posted by on August 6, 2011 0 Comment

Further confusing the stand of the Centre on the contentious clause 14F of the Presidential Order of 1975, the Union home ministry on Friday filed a reply petition in the AP High Court, making it clear that the issue of deleting the clause would move forward only if the state assembly passes a fresh resolution seeking its deletion.

A day earlier, the state government had claimed that the Union home minister had agreed to delete the clause and that the file was sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his approval.

The Centre’s counter came in response to a petition filed by C Narayana of Nizamabad who wanted the clause 14 F to be deleted. When the matter came up before the division bench comprising chief justice Nisar Ahmad Kakru and justice Vilas V Afzalpurkar on Friday, the Union home ministry informed it that the Cabinet committee on political affairs (CCPA), which met on July 14, 2011, conveyed a message to the state seeking a resolution to passed by the assembly as was done in March 2010. The matter can be taken forward only if this is done, the Central government’s affidavit says.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing after ten days.

Plea to HC on ministers’ resignations

Hearing another petition that wanted the court to direct the chief minister to make his ministers either to resume work or accept their resignations and take new members in their place, the bench wondered whether it had the power to do so.

The petition was filed by Siva Kumar and eight others from Medak. They said that they had been aggrieved by the attitude of home minister P Sabita Indra Reddy who submitted her resignation from her post and was not functioning properly as the home minister.

“We have been selected as police constables but there is none to give us the appointment letters because of the ongoing resignations of ministers in the Telangana region. The chief minister should either accept their resignations and take new ones in their place or make them function,” the petitioners prayed before the court. The HC bench will hear the matter after ten days.

Fresh autopsy on music director’s body

Justice Ramesh Ranganathan of the AP High Court on Friday directed the authorities to conduct another postmortem on the body of music director Anil Reddy, the reasons for whose death remained a mystery till now. The judge made this order while responding to the petition filed by the deceased’s brother Prakash Reddy and others who sought a team of doctors to conduct this test in the presence of the doctors who conducted the earlier post mortem tests.

Jagan seeks copy of CBI report on his assets

YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday filed a petition in the AP High Court, urging the court to furnish him with a copy of the CBI’s preliminary enquiry report into his assets. “Since the court has opened the sealed covers and read the matter, the registry can be directed to supply me a copy of the report to meet the ends of justice,” he said. TOI

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