VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday appointed senior counsel P Sri Raghuram as amicus curiae (good friend of the court docket) to recommendation it on the writ petition challenging the State Election Commission (SEC) order refraining Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao (Nani) from talking to the media. While listening to the petition filed by Kodali Nani, the court docket identified that three related petitions had been filed challenging the SEC orders inside per week by ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Kodali Nani and MLA Jogi Ramesh. Justice DVSS Somayajulu stated the amicus curiae will advise it whether or not i) there was an extra freedom of expression and ii) the problem was made ‘mountain out of a molehill.’
Meanwhile, the court docket went by way of the movies of Nani’s press briefing, based mostly on which the SEC gave orders refraining the minister from talking to the media until February 21. SEC counsel N Aswini Kumar produced newspaper clippings of the minister’s press briefing. He knowledgeable the court docket that although feedback had been made concentrating on the SEC earlier than the elections, they didn’t take a severe view of them. The SEC was of the view that such remarks ought to be stopped when the elections are underway.
Arguing on behalf of Nani, senior counsel VRN Prasanth stated the video clippings had been of the briefings held earlier than the discharge of the election notification. The court docket requested the SEC as to why it failed to supply the video clippings of the minister’s press briefings after the election notification was issued and posted the matter for additional listening to to February 17.
Meanwhile, the SEC filed a petition within the court docket stating that YSRC MLA Jogi Ramesh went in opposition to the court docket instructions to not converse to candidates or the voters immediately. SEC counsel Aswini Kumar stated it quantities to contempt of court docket. Earlier, the SEC directed Ramesh to chorus from talking to the media, an order put aside by the court docket. The court docket additionally prolonged its orders giving reduction to Jogi Ramesh until February 21.
Out of the three,221 Sarpanch posts notified for election beneath the third section to be held on Monday, 579 sarpanches had been elected unanimously. Elections will probably be held for two,640 Sarpanch posts. 11,732 ward members had been elected unanimously and polling will probably be held in 19,607 wards.