A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice Vilas Afzulpurkar on Wednesday directed the District Judge, Khammam, to conduct inquiry to establish the identity of Chinna, in whose name a writ was filed, making serious allegations against Minister R. Venkata Reddy.

A petition was filed, alleging that the management of Chaitanya Techno School, Khammam, paid Rs.35 lakh to the Minister, ostensibly to facilitate the establishment and smooth running of the institution.

The petitioner, Jagulothu Chinna, complained that the officials were harassing him despite payments made to them. Later, a man calling himself Jagalothu Chinna appeared before the single judge, saying he had never signed a petition.

Subsequently, the second petitioner came to the court saying that his name indeed was Jagalothu Chinna and that he had signed the petition himself.

The judge directed the Superintendent of Police, Warangal, to find out who the person connected with the school was and if the same person had signed the affidavit. A writ appeal was filed challenging this order and the bench wanted Khammam SP to inquire into it.

The case came up for hearing on Wednesday and the petitioner’s counsel said the police had terrorised everyone.

The bench felt the District Judge, who is a judicial officer, would be able to look into the matter and submit the report regarding the identity of the person who signed the affidavit. The case was adjourned by two weeks.

Election stayed

Justice Ramesh Ranganathan of the High Court on Wednesday stayed elections to the executive body of District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB), Guntur.