Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Hyderabad High Court today after hearing the arguments in the attack on the life of YSRCP chief and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on October 25, 2018 has ordered issuances of notices to AP Chief Minsiter N.Chandrababu Naidu, DGP R.P.Thakur along with 8 other respondents.
The High Court dealing with a petition filed by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, former MP Y.V.Subba Reddy and another PIL ordered to file affidavits in two weeks and posted the case after two weeks. The Court ordered the SIT officials to submit the investigation report to the Court in a sealed cover. The High Court expressed dismay for not functioning of CCTV cameras in a high security Visakhapatnam International Airport. The Judge expressed shock and reportedly commented that the absence of CC cameras in high security zone is an unpardonable one. The maintenance of CCTV is said to be under the control of the AP Government. The advocate C.V.Mohan Reddy appearing on behalf of Jagan Mohan Reddy has brought the comments of the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and DGP RP Thakur within one hour of the incident even before filing of an FIR. He also brought to the notice of the court the issue of ‘Operation Garuda’ which was a long back told by actor Sivaji.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B.Radhakrishnan and Justice S.V.Bhatt impleaded the AAI Director and the Central Industrial Security Force top official based in Hyderabad in the matter. The bench directed both the Central and State government officials along with the CISF officer and the AAI Director to file affidavits on the matter – one by YSRCP political affair committee member Y.V.Subba Reddy and another by Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy and a PIL petition by two others were filed in the High Court after an attempt was made on the life of Jagan Mohan Reddy.
After perusing a report presented by the SIT constituted by the AP Police in the attack, the Chief Justice sought to know why the surveillance cameras had no records of footage before the attack on Jagan Mohan Reddy. He asked the counsel for the airports authority as to why there was no feed of video footage available to analyze the attack.
The Chief Justice observed that it was a matter of national security issue. While the attack on Jagan was an isolated incident, the security lapses calls for introspection on national security matters as it was connected to the airports, the bench observed. The bench directed all the respondents to file affidavits within two weeks.