Staff Reporter

Collector refuses permission; says no orders have come from Government

Government terminates ex-ZP chief's services in Sept. 2005He moves High Court, which reportedly sets aside the termination order

WARANGAL: High drama prevailed at the district Collectorate here on Saturday when Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and former Zilla Parishad chairman A. Baswa Reddy sought permission from Collector Benhur Ekka to assume charge following the High Court judgment over his termination.

The Collector reportedly expressed helplessness saying he could not permit the former ZP chief to take charge, as he had not received any communication from the State Government.

He reportedly told Mr. Reddy that the High Court would only send its judgment copy to the State Government and the Government in turn would direct him to act accordingly. The Collector urged the TDP leader to wait until he received the communication or till he obtained legal opinion.

However, Mr. Reddy argued that the High Court had set aside the G.O. and he should be allowed to assume charge basing on the judgment copy, but in vain. "I will wait for the Collector's decision and then comment," Mr. Reddy said.

Allegations

Mr. Baswa Reddy, who was the ZP chairman, was removed from office through a G.O. following allegations of misappropriation of funds earmarked for development. Vice-chairman S. Samma Rao, also from the TDP, took over after the termination of Mr. Reddy in September 2005.

Mr. Baswa Reddy was elected ZP chairman in July 2001. Ever since, he took over, Mr. Baswa Reddy had been facing allegations of swindling public funds and discriminating against the opposition TRS and Congress members in the Zilla Parishad.

Soon after the change in the Government, an inquiry was ordered and subsequently, Mr. Reddy was terminated in July. He moved the High Court, which reportedly set aside the G.O. terminating him and favouring his re-instatement. The term of Zilla Parishad chief ends in July 2006.