High Court questions the authority on withdrawal of case against TDP MLA Ashok Reddy

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Division Bench comprising of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Uma Devi today directed the State government to explain on what authority a GO has been issued to withdraw a criminal case against Giddalur TDP MLA M.Ashok Reddy.

The Division Bench was dealing with a case filed by Shaik Mastan Vali who challenged the GO 379 issued in May by the State government withdrawing the criminal case. The Bench wanted to know how could the Public Prosecutor be directed to withdraw the case through a GO.

The MLA was an accused in a case of burning a police jeep and a a case was registered against him. The GO was issued withdrawing the case only after the MLA joined the TDP. The case would be listed on Thursday.

Ayesha case:: The Division Bench asked the State government to inform the court if the apex committee constituted to deal with erring police officers was briefed about the officers involved in the Ayesha Meera murder case. The Bench was dealing with a case filed by activists Sajaya, Sandhya and Rama Melkote. They found fault with the officers for the manner in which the murder case of Ayesha Meera was handled. The bench found fault with the way in which Satyam Babu was shown as accused. It may be recalled that Satyam Babu was acquitted by the court. Vasundara Nagaraj, counsel for the petitioners said that the apex court had ordered constitution of the apex committee to deal with such officers. The bench adjourned the case to August 8.

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