Finally, Jagan-led Andhra Pradesh State government in the wee hours of Friday reinstated Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as the state election commissioner. Concerned G.O is issued by the principal secretary of panchayatraj, Gopala Krishna Dwivedi in the name of Governor Biswa Bhushan Harichandan.
The G.O also specified that the renewal notification would be subject to the final verdict of the special leave petition filed by the state government in the Supreme Court. It can be noted that the development came hours before the Supreme Court to rule out the final outcome of the pending Special Leave Petition (SLP).
It all started with Ramesh Kumar postponing the panchayat elections in the view of corona pandemic which triggered the CMO which didn’t get a prior intimation. Followed by which the State government has issued an ordinance making changes to the selection of the Commissioner of Elections.
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.
Hearing a batch of petitions, HC termed the ordinance unconstitutional and ordered the reinstatement of Ramesh Kumar as SEC.
While the state government moved the Supreme Court challenging HC’s decision, the apex court refused to stay the HC orders and observed that the Andhra Pradesh government cannot play with constitutional functionary. The High Court discussed with the governor asked to re-appoint him as SEC implementing High Court judgment.