The High Court’s verdict striking down the appointment of four Congress workers as Information Commissioners (ICs) was termed by the Telugu Desam (TDP) as a big slap in Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy’s face.

“It’s a big slap in Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy’s face. He should step down from his post immediately,” party general secretary Varla Ramaiah said after the verdict.

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan refused to appoint four Congress workers though a high-level selection committee, comprising the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister and the Leader of Opposition, cleared their names.