Legislator accused of land grab
Justice Naushad Ali of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday ordered issuance of notices to Congress MLA from Dubbaka Ch. Muthyam Reddy and police officers at Siddipet, Medak district.
The judge was hearing a writ petition filed by Ramavaram Rajitha, a private lecturer from Dubbak mandal of Medak district.
Ms. Rajitha said the MLA, aided by police officers, had tried to grab the house plot at Siddipet. An allegation was made to the effect that police were not registering case against the intruders.
The judge issued notices to the MLA, Principal Secretary (Home) and police officers including the Medak SP, DSP, the CI and SI of police of Siddipet town for filing counter-affidavits. The case was adjourned for two weeks.
T. Narayana’s appointment challenged
Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy of the AP High Court admitted a writ challenging the State government’s appointment of T. Narayana as chairman of the committee overseeing celebrations in connection with the birth anniversaries of Babu Jagjivan Ram and B.R. Ambedkar.
The writ was filed by the Committee for Elimination and Prevention of False SC Certificates, A.P. through its working president Bhoomiah.
The petitioner said while Mr. Narayana claimed he was from the Beda (Budaga) Jangam caste and hailed from Kurnool, material evidence, which was produced in court, showed that the caste did not exist in the Rayalaseema area.
Mr. Narayana did not belong to the Scheduled Castes at all, the petitioner contended, calling for his removal from the said post.
The judge called for records on the matter and adjourned the case.
PIL for liquor-free Tirupati
A PIL has been filed in AP High Court seeking a direction to declare the 15 km area around the pilgrim town of Tirupati as a ‘liquor-free’ zone. The writ petition was filed Bhumana Abhinay Reddy, son of local MLA Karunakar Reddy. He contended that there were several ancient temples in and around Tirupati and Tirumala. The case is likely to be listed next week.