Arguments that lasted for more than five hours Andhra Pradesh High Court in former state election commissioner Ramesh Kumar case, ended up with a new twist in the tale. Ramesh Kumar who approached the High Court over his dismissal with the promulgation of an ordinance has recently filed a reply petition.
While State Election Commission Secretary S Ramsundar Reddy on Tuesday’s hearing informed the court that the petitioner Ramesh Kumar defer the civic polls without consulting the State government, Ramesh Kumar defended his move stating his discretionary powers. Ramesh Kumar filed two petitions on the contents of the 17-page affidavit which stated that despite the reduction in the tenure, it does not apply to the officer who is in office. The High Court has further postponed the hearing to Wednesday.
It is to the known knowledge that more than 13 petitions were filed challenging the government’s decision to remove Ramesh Kumar through an ordinance while Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan approved the ordinance, amending the AP Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 in no time. The move received a wave of criticism from the Opposition leaders who backed Ramesh Kumar.