A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganthan and Justice Uma Devi on Tuesday directed the Andhra Pradesh government to explain with what authority a GO was issued to withdraw a pending criminal case against M. Ashok Reddy, Giddalur MLA in Prakasam district. How could the Public Prosecutor be directed to withdraw the case through a GO, the bench wanted to know.
The bench was dealing with a case filed by Shaik Mastan Vali who challenged the GO 379 issued in May.
The court was informed that the MLA was an accused in a case of burning a police jeep and that a case was registered against him.
The MLA had now joined the Telugu Desam Party and the GO was issued withdrawing the case.
The bench wanted to know under what provision of law such orders were issued.
The case would be listed on Thursday.
‘Clarify stand on
The division bench also asked the Andhra Pradesh government to inform the court if the apex committee constituted to deal with erring police officers was briefed about the officers involved in the Ayesha Meera murder case.
The bench was dealing with a case filed by activists Sajaya, Sandhya and Rama Melkote.
They said the division bench had come down heavily and found fault with the officers for the manner in which the murder case of the B. Pharmacy student was handled.
The bench also found fault with the way in which Satyam Babu was shown as accused.
The division bench had acquitted Satyam Babu and had asked the government to take further action.
Vasudha Nagaraj, counsel appearing for the petitioners, said the Supreme Court had ordered constitution of the apex committee to deal with such officers.
The bench asked for the response of the government pleader.
The court was told that the issue had been submitted to the apex committee.
The bench had adjourned the case to August 8 and asked the government to inform what the apex committee did with this case and officers.