HC suspends APAT order

HYDERABAD, APRIL 24. The Division Bench of the High Court comprising Bilal Nazki and P.S.Narayana on Friday suspended the order of the Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal (APAT), which declared that the resignation submitted by Govinda Reddy, Congress candidate from Budvel Assembly constituency, Cuddapah district, is deemed to have come into effect. Based on this order of the APAT, the returning officer had declared the nomination of Govinda Reddy as valid.

The orders were passed by the bench while dealing with a writ petition filed by the State Government challenging the order of the APAT. It may be recalled that Mr.Govinda Reddy, who was a senior officer in the Transport Department, had sought to resign from service four years ago and when he filed an application in the AP Administrative Tribunal (APAT) the tribunal directed the Government to pass orders on his application.

Meanwhile, Mr Reddy filed the writ petition in the High Court apprehending that his nomination would be rejected by the returning officer. This writ petition was dismissed as the Government brought to the notice of the court that the offer of resignation was rejected. Mr. Govinda Reddy then approached the APAT moving urgent motion and an order was passed to the effect that the resignation is deemed to have been accepted. Based on this order the nomination was accepted by the returning officer. The Government filed the present writ petition pointing out that the order of the APAT was not legal. The interim orders of the APAT were suspended.

Congress candidate's

writ plea dismissed

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising the Chief Justice, Devinder Gupta, and Justice G. Rohini, on Friday dismissed a writ petition filed by Vivekananda Reddy, the Congress candidate from the Cuddapah Parliamentary constituency, seeking a direction to election authorities to change the location of some polling stations in Jammalamadugu area.

The petitioner said that some polling stations are located near the TDP office and that many persons from the weaker sections will not be able to exercise their franchise.

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