In yet another shock to the Jagan-led Andhra Pradesh government, the Supreme Court for the third time refused to stay the state High Court orders to reinstate APSEC Ramesh Kumar. Questioning the government’s decision to bring out an ordinance to remove Ramesh Kumar, a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and A S Bopanna said it would not pass any interim.
The apex court also stated that it would dispose of the pleas in the next two to three weeks. However, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the Andhra Pradesh government didn’t seem to give up who requested the SC to bestow powers to Governor to appoint an interim state election commissioner. In yet another jolt, the bench refused to pass any orders and posted the matter after three weeks.
Further, the Supreme Court had issued notices and sought response from the State Election Commission (SEC) and Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who was restored as state poll panel chief.
It is to the known knowledge that more than 13 petitions were filed challenging the government’s decision to remove Ramesh Kumar while Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan approved the ordinance, amending the AP Panchayat Raj Act, 1994.