AP Government objects former SC Judge Katju’s remarks

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The State government took a strong objection to the remarks of the former Supreme Court judge Markandeya Katju who sought President’s rule in the State.

It may be recalled that he sought ‘Impose President’s rule and call for fresh elections’, says Former Supreme Court Judge Katju on May 17.

Addressing a press conference at the Secretariat today, Government Adviser (Communications) Parakala Prabhakar said it was the government’s duty to implement laws, social media activists were posting objectionable comments and semi-nude photos which were rohibited under the law. Arresting those would amount to honouring the Constitution’, he said.

Prabhakar said that Katju has a habit of making controversial comments and apologies later. In the past too, he made intemperate comments against the Supreme Court and Judge and journalists. He tendered apologies later, he said and hoped that he would withdraw the comments after knowing the facts in Ravi Kiran’s case.

In another press conference, TDP State general secretary and AP State Housing Corporation chairman Varla Ramaiah said Justice Katju’s remarks reflected his bankruptcy. Article 356 can be invoked only if the government failed and the elected government failed in all aspects. An elected government cannot be dismissed for arresting a person who insulted a Dalit woman, he said.

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