Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the AP High Court on Monday sought a response from the Kurnool district police authorities, based on a petition against the minor irrigation minister, Mr T.G. Venkatesh and his sons for their alleged involvement in threatening the petitioner with dire consequences.
The judge was dealing with the plea of one Mr K. Guravaiah, a resident of Kurnool city. He told the court that he had filed a writ against the minister for violating rules in constructing a commercial complex in the city. He said the writ was pending for adjudication. He alleged that the minister and his family members started threatening him and his family members demanding to withdraw the plea. He said that the local civic authorities foisted a case against his sons with the connivance of the minister. He also said that he lodged a complaint before the local police and the police superintendent, but they did not initiate any action on his complaint.
The petitioner urged the court to direct the CBI to conduct a probe into alleged irregularities in the construction of commercial complex by the minister. He urged the court to direct the police to provide protection to him and his family. The judge asked the police authorities to respond on the plea by Friday. Elsewhere, Justice G. Rohini disposed of a plea by the same petitioner with a direction to the municipal corporation to consider the application of the petitioner and pass appropriate orders.
Mr Guravaiah filed the plea stating that Janapriya Associates constructed 100 shops in the city out of which 97 shops were purchased by the minister’s family members and he had purchased three shops. He told the court that now the minister’s family has been making efforts to construct a new complex by occupying the roads and the parking place which were earmarked at the time of building the 100 shops. He alleged that the municipal corporation did not take any steps on his representation urging it to not to grant permission for construction of the building by the minister at Budhawarpet in the city.
HC seeks stand on locked Bhanu house
Justice Ashutosh Mohunta asked the counsel for the home department to get instructions from the investigation agency on a plea by Ms R. Meena Kumari, mother of Bhanu Kiran, accused in murder case of Maddelacheruvu Suri, challenging the sealing of her house by police. She contended that the police put a seal on the house at Sai Nagar in Anantapur and they are not removing it. She sought a direction to the police to remove the seal. The judge asked the counsel to come back to the court by Friday with instructions.
Writ challenges MLAs, MPs quitting
A writ petition was filed in the AP High Court on Monday by a practicing advocate, challenging Article 101 (3)(b) and Article 190(3) of the Constitution and also seeking to declare it as unconstitutional to Article 83(2) of the Constitution. Mr Y. Venugopal Reddy, a resident of the city filed the plea in the backdrop of the mass resignations by MLAs and MPs of the Congress, Telugu Desam and TRS to the Lok Sabha and the Legislative Assembly, demanding separation of Telangana. He contended that the Constitution mandates duration of the House of the People specifically for a period of five years except when it is dissolved by a proclamation of Emergency, which is specifically mentioned in Article 83(2).
He said prior to 33rd Constitutional amendment, mere resignation by a member to the Speaker was sufficient to vacate the seat. After the amendment the Speaker has to enquire and satisfy himself that the resignation was voluntary and genuine.
However, the amendment never visualised that a situation may arise when MPs or MLAs would warrant dissolution by mass resignations. The petitioner said tendering resignations by the members was unconstitutional and it defeats the objective of the duration of Lok Sabha and Assembly. He contended that the resignations were not a voluntary act; it was an act deliberately to create a constitutional crisis in the state. Deccan Chronicle