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Jagan's 'letter bomb' on Supreme Court Judge Ramana, AP High Court Judges, accuses of favouring TDP



Please click the below PDF link to know full details about YSRCP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy writing a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice S A Bobde complaining against Supreme Court judge NV Ramana and few AP High Court judges of colluding with TDP and favouring TDP and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu with a malafide intention to destabilise his one-year old government.


Perhaps this could be the first time that a Chief Minister of a State in the country has openly made such a serious allegations against Judiciary.

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Annexure indicating the facts and orders passed by the High Court protecting the interests of Telugu Desam Party



With a sense of pain and anguish at the politicization of institutions personally monitored by Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu through honourable sitting Judges of Supreme Court, facts would clearly demonstrate that the august Institution of the High Court is being used to destabilize and topple the democratically elected Government of the State of A.P. with indelible trail leading back to the overt and covert actions of Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu through Honourable Sri Justice N. V. Ramana.



Around January 2020, it was in the public domain that high functionaries of various institutions, have purchased lands in Amaravati. A series of Writ Petitions were filed since January 2020 challenging the Bills passed by the Assembly providing for three capitals and one of the key points discussed in the Assembly, was the stake of vested interests in Amaravati capital and agencies reports indicated that the protests organized in this regard, were funded and organized by such vested individuals. Nearly 30 PILs were got filed at various stages of legitimate government functioning, impleading the Chief Minister as party respondent, with the choicest of abuses.

Since the new Government undertook the enquiry into the actions of Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu in his regime between 2014-2019, it is now clear, that Sri Justice N. V. Ramana, started influencing the course of administration of justice in the State, through the Chief Justice Sri Jitendra Kumar Maheswari. The course of influence was in the areas of :


i) Roster for sitting of the Honourable Judges, whereby important matters of

policy and protection for Chandrababu Naidus interests were posted before a few Honourable Judges – Justice A.V. Sesha Sai, Justice M. Satyanarayana Murthy, Justice D.V. S.S. Somayyajulu, Justice D. Ramesh,


ii) The entertaining of PILs lowering the threshold for acceptance of PILs by

the High Court on the judicial side


iii) Orders passed by the Honourable Court


Specific instances of court porders protecting TDP interests :



Amaravati Land Scam “ Any FIRs lodged into the investigation of Amaravati Scam are immediately stayed by the High Court. Orders in Crl. P. No. 1288/2020 and Crl. P. No. 1719 of 2020 and Crl P No. 2977/2020 are enclosed.

Justice K. Lalitha : Justice K Lalitha is among the Honourable Judges who has been protecting the interests of politicians of Telugu Desam. The former Minister Mr. Atcham Naidu was arrested in connection with investigation into the medical scam. Within one week of lodging in jail, the learned Judge directed that he be shifted to a hospital and again shifted to another Hospital and ultimately was granted bail by the High Court to be released from the Hospital itself. The petitions filed by the State to vacate the said Order were not listed and the elapse of time was caused to benefit Mr. Atcham Naid


Stay of eviction/demolition process : The erstwhile APCRDA initiated process of eviction/demolition of houses, including one in which Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu is staying, since they are visibly and demonstrably within the conservation zone, and the houses having been constructed within the Full Tank Level. Due to the stay, the river water inundates the said Houses, apart from obstructing the flood flow of water.




Justice D Ramesh

Justice Ramesh is placed strategically in the jurisdiction of quash petition hearings in criminal matters and also WPs. Justice Ramesh was the Special Government Pleader attached to the Advocate General in the previous regime. The conduct of the learned Judge, in coming to the aid of accused persons, solely on account of considerations of TDP affiliation are as under:


1. Criminal Petition No. 3227 of 2020 filed by Dr. Ramesh of Ramesh Hospitals

Justice D. Ramesh granted stay of all further proceedings in Crime No. 173 of 2020. This was a case where 10 persons had lost their lives in a fire accident which had taken place in a Covid center being run by Ramesh Hospitals. Dr. Ramesh absconding even as of today. The Supreme Court was pleased to set aside the order of Justice Ramesh.


2. W.P. No. 15333 of 2020 and W.P. No. 15845 of 2020

W.P. No. 15333 of 2020 was filed by the State Election Commission represented by the State Election Commissioner seeking quash of the FIR lodged against the Assistant Secretary to the State Election Commission for offences under the provisions of the Information Technology Act. W.P. No. 15845 of 2020 was filed by the accused a few days later by the same counsel seeking quash of the same FIR. When the case was taken up for hearing it was pointed out that the first Writ Petition is not maintainable and that the filing of the first Writ followed by the filing of the second writ were abuse of the process of the Hon’ble Court. Justice Ramesh granted a stay of investigation in the matter without assigning any reasons whatsoever.,


Justice Satyanarayana Murthy:

Justice Satyanarayana Murthy is the trusted person of Justice N. V. Ramana since the last ten years with open hostility to the Government. He has been intricately involved in all the matters in which the High Court has interfered with the Administration of the Government. The Chief Justice has ensured that Justice Satyanarayana Murthy is on the bench along with him in all matters of importance including the Full Bench which is hearing the Capital matters (Challenge to the two enactments). Justice Murthy is very caustic in his approach and reproaches the Government advocates on a regular basis.


In fact in W.P. No. 10437 of 2020 which was filed by private intermediate colleges association for recovery of certain fee from the State, Justice Murthy advised the Learned Advocate General that he will have to address the Court on Article 365 of the Constitution and that he feels that the State Government is not following the directions of the Central Government. In the said matter Justice Murthy had reserved the matter for judgment based only on the Affidavit of the Writ Petitioner without even looking into the Counter filed by the State. Justice Murthy has also been instrumental in staying the allotment of house site scheme one of the flagship schemes of the State to provide 25 lakhs house sites to people below the poverty line. There are numerous instances where Justice Murthy has vociferously condemned the Government and severely criticized the various beneficial schemes taken up by the State.


Crl. P. No. 4189/2020.. Justice Satyanarayana Murthy granted stay of an investigation into a crime registered against Sri Dammalapati Srinivas, former Advocate General and a close confidante of Sri Justice N.V. Ramana , from the family members of Sri Dammalapati Srinivas. The complaint of cheating and crime investigation is stayed on the ground that the money involved in the transaction is repaid by the accused. Every judicial precedent and elementary principle of jurisprudence is violated by such orders, with a view to protect the interests of TDP members.




Justice D. Somayyajulu : Acts of impropriety, lack of ethical standards



1. W.P. No. 11664 of 2019 filed by M/s. Navayuga Engineering

The State vide a reasoned GO terminated the contract of M/s. Navayuga Engineering in relation to the Polavaram Hydro Electric Project. The same was challenged by way of a Writ Petition and the matter came to be listed before Justice DVSS Somayajulu. On the website of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, the profile of every judge of the High Court is published. Justice Somayajulu’s profile is also available and it is stated therein that he has rendered legal services as legal advisor to M/s. Navayuga Engineering. The Judge while hearing the matter, neither disclosed the same nor offered to recuse. It was only after the order was passed that the said issue was made known to all and the Honourable Judges of the High Court were made aware of the same. While the said order was vacated by another learned Judge of the court, the initial order passed by Justice Somayyajulu was restored by the orders passed by the Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice.

2. W.P. Nos. 6562 and 6711 of 2020 challenging the constitution of the Special Investigation Team and Cabinet Sub Committee findings.

All further proceedings in relation to G.Os. constituting both the Cabinet Sub Committee and the Special Investigation Team were stayed by Justice Somayajulu. The Cabinet Sub Committee was constituted in the month of November 2019 and was challenged by way of Writ Petition only in March, 2020. The persons filing the two writs were TDP party workers one of the being Varlaa Ramaiah, the Party General Secretary. The Writs were filed stating that the image of the party is being tarnished and that is the locus for the two writ petitioners. The fundamental challenge was that the successor Government cannot change the policies of the predecessor Government which conclusion the Judge arrived at while staying the two G.O’s.



Animosity of the High Court towards my Government and me :


1. Allegations of Phone Tapping of Honourable Judges : PIL No. 194/2020


The agenda for adjudication of various matters by PILs is set by two media Houses promoted and connected to TDP, , Andhra Jyothi and TV5. The pattern is that there would be a TV discussion on a subject matter, and within a couple of days, a PIL is organized to espouse the said cause, without any verification of the details published by the media House. A case in instance is the PIL on alleged phone tapping of the Honourable Judges :


Soon after the publication of the newsitem in Andhra Jyothi on 15.8.2020, on the same day, the Home Secretary addressed the Registrar General denying the explosive contents of the said news story, attributing the said acts to the Government. ON 17.8.2020, a PIL is entertained and notice is issued to the State on the same allegations, which are based on a newspaper report. There is no complaint lodged by any learned Judge with any of the investigating agencies nor is any communication received by any of the investigating agencies from the Honourable High Court. Based on Andhra Jyothi publication, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu addressed a letter to the Honble Prime Minister, narrating the same content without any corroborative evidence. The approach of the Honourable Court has now converted into seeing the Government as being presumptively guilty of every act alleged in every PIL, rather than the reverse, which is the established principle in law. In spite of the objections to the maintainability submitted by the State Counsel, notice is ordered to the respondents and incendiary comments are passed by the Court against the Government and promptly published by Andhra Jyothi followed by television debates in select media houses. The objective of vilification of Government without trial, without hearing, without evidence, without the source of complaint, without prima facie material, is achieved by the media House through the High Court process. The focus of discussion is that there is breakdown of constitutional machinery in the State, and panelists are heard goading the High Court towards that end.



PIL in relation to arresting Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu in Vizag - PIL No 45/2020


PIL No. 45 of 200 filed by an ex legislator of the TDP party, wherein the action of the police in not allowing the TDP party to hold public rally’s in Visakhapatnam. etc was challenged. However this PIL was filed a day after Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu was not allowed to go inside the Vizag City and was arrested by issuing a notice under Section 151 of the CRPC. The DGP was summoned to the Court, even after the court and humiliated by the Full Bench of the Court and to convey an impression that the law and order machinery in the State is not proper.


PIL 108 of 2020 alleging violation of Covid-19 guidelines by MLA’s belonging to YSRCP:


The PIL was filed by a lawyer alleging violation of Covid-19 social distancing guidelines by MLA’s and leader belonging to the YSRCP Party. An elaborate counter was filed on behalf of the Government stating that enquiries were conducted and officers were placed under suspension for violations. Inspite of the same the Chief Justice suddenly states that he is directing a CBI enquiry into the filing of the Counter and as to how the Home Secretary could have filed such a counter. On objection by the State Counsel, the Chief Justice directed that a better counter be filed and adjourned the matter. However by the next date of hearing another PIL No. 134 of 2020 came to be filed alleging violation of Covid-19 guidelines by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. Both the matters were tagged to be heard together. On the date of the hearing , the matters were assigned to the Bench headed by Justice A.V. Sesha Sai and both the PILs are dismissed on the ground that there is an alternative remedy under the National Disaster Management Act and the same may be followed. There was a sea change in the attitude of the Court after the same allegations were made against Mr. Chandrababu Naidu and the PILs were dismissed.





PIL No. 168/2020 is filed by an organization on 17.7.2020 to seek enquiry into the covid management procedures of the High Court relating to the death of the Registrar of the High Court. It was numbered on 23.7.2020. On 24.7.2020, it was heard by the Bench headed by Sri Justice Rakesh Kumar. The High Court filed its preliminary counter on 30.7.2020. It is curious to note that the High Court, in its written pleadings, at para 13 states as under :


“13. As per the preliminary objections, it is clear that this petition is filed by a political person to political gain and to malign the High court. In this sequel it is relevant that former Justice. V. Eshwaraiah, who appointed as chairman of the A.P. Higher Education Regulatory Committee and chairman of the BC Association, has also submitted a compliant with the same allegations to the Hon’ble President of India referred herein above against the Chief Justice. His appointment on the said post was made by the State Government as per the recommendation Dt. 04-09-2019 issuing notification in the Second week of September 2019. The said recommendation was after the recommendation to appoint regular Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh on 22.08.2019 by the collegium of the Supreme Court. Thus, his appointment is under persuasion of the State Government to favour him. On having achieved his desire of appointment after post retirement, he wants to support the State Government under the cover of BC Association maligning the High Court. The Petitioner/Association is also BC, SC, ST Student federation and connivance of both the Associations cannot be ruled out. In fact, the State Government is not happily accepting the verdicts of the High Court given in various cases against them. Those cases are i) W.P. (PIL) No. 177 of 2019 and W.P. (PIL) No. 18 of 2020 delivered on 10.03.2020 in connection with painting of the Grama Panchayat offices in the State of Andhra Pradesh with colours of Ruling Party flag, ii) W.P (PIL) No. 183 of 2019 and W.P No. 185 of 2019 delivered on 15.04.2020 in connection with converting all the schools in the state of Andhra Pradesh into English Medium. iii) W.P Nos. 8163, 8164, 8165,8167 and 8394 of 2020 and W.P.(PIL) Nos. 89, 90, 94, 95,97,98 and 99 of 2020 delivered on 29.05.2020 in relation to State Election Commission and many more, however on scrupulous comments degrading the image of the institution are floated in social media by various persons, including the sitting Member of Parliament, the Speaker of the Assembly on which suo motu contempt proceedings have been initiated in Contempt Case No. 501 of 2020 and also a Writ Petition is filed in W.P No. 9166 of 2020. Therefore, in view of the preliminary objections and the above facts, filing of this petition is malafide and to achieve the oblique intention.”


When the Advocate General pointed out that High Court is unfairly unnecessarily hostile to the State Government, the standing counsel for the High Court offered to withdraw the said pleadings and file and amended paragraph. The amended paragraph reads as below:


“13. As per the contents of the preliminary objection, it is clear that this petition is filed in the name of Association by a political person for a political gain with an oblique intention. It is a matter of record and not out of place to state that some of the political/peoples’ representatives are commenting on judgments delivered by the Hob’ble High Court of A.P. on social media platforms, few of the said Judgments are i) W.P. (PIL) No. 177 of 2019 and W.P. (PIL) No. 18 of 2020 delivered on 10.03.2020 in connection with painting of the Grama Panchayat offices in the State of Andhra Pradesh with colours of Ruling Party flag, ii) W.P (PIL) No. 183 of 2019 and W.P No. 185 of 2019 delivered on 15.04.2020 in connection with converting all the schools in the state of Andhra Pradesh into English Medium. iii) W.P Nos. 8163, 8164, 8165, 8167 and 8394 of 2020 and W.P.(PIL) Nos. 89, 90, 94, 95,97,98 and 99 of 2020 delivered on 29.05.2020 in relation to State Election Commission and many more. It is also a matter of record that unscrupulous comments degrading, maligning the image of the institution posted on the social media platforms, by the sitting Member of Parliament, Ex- MLA of the ruling part and others, whereby derogatory comments were made on the learned Judges of the Hon’ble High Court constrained initiation of Suo Moto action towards registration of contempt proceedings in C.C No. 501 of 2020. A writ petition No. 9166 of 2020 has also been filed by the High Court in its institutional capacity seeking formulation of a policy by the Union of India in the matter of floating comments degrading the image of the Judicial Institution and for other reliefs. Both these cases are pending for consideration. It is not out of place to state that “Deccan Chronicle” daily Newspaper published a news item on 02.07.2020 under the heading “Speaker raises concerns over the Court’s meddling in State Issues” and as per the contents the news item, Sri. Tammineni Seetharam, Speaker of the Assembly of the State of Andhra Pradesh had passed comments against the Hon’ble High Court, which are derogatory in nature. The said comments were widely reported in English and vernacular dailies in the State of Andhra Pradesh, which were degrading the Judicial Institution. It is also relevant to state that a compliant was allegedly sent to the Hon’ble President of India, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Judges of Supreme Court, Hon’ble Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India by All India Backward Classes Federation, on their letter head, attributing allegations against the Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh. In fact, the petitioners relies upon the same in Para 21 of their Affidavit. As per the contents of the said letter head, Justice. V. Eshwaraiah is shown as the president, who is chairman, A.P. Higher Education Regulatory Commission by Government of Andhra Pradesh, appointed in September, 2019. Some of the contents of the complaint are similar to the averments and pleadings raised in the Affidavit filed in support of the PIL. Hence, the connection of both the Associations and their Members, including Justice V. Eshwaraiah, cannot be ruled out. Thus, it is another attempt to undermine the authority of the High Court and to malign the image of the Judicial Institution. In view of the facts as narrated in the preliminary counter, the Writ Petition is filed with a malafide intention to achieve the oblique intention and it deserves to be dismissed.”


Curiously, an intervention application is filed, on 4.8.2020 by a suspended Judicial Officer of the subordinate judiciary taking the same plea, and reiterating the stand of the High Court as contained in the withdrawn para 13 of the counter affidavit as above. The pleadings in the intervention petition are as under:



“5. I submit that the incumbent Government after assuming office on 30-06-2019, after the General Elections, has been taking several policy and administrative decisions by violating the provisions of various laws and by violating the principles of natural justice. The individuals and Organizations aggrieved by the policy and administrative decisions of the Government of Andhra Pradesh have been approaching this Hon’ble Court for their grievance redressal and in several cases this Hon’ble Court by exercising its extraordinary jurisdiction reversed the policy and administrative decisions of the Government, as they failed to stand the legal scrutiny.


6. I further submit that by boring grudge against the orders passed by this Honorable Court, the incumbent government has unleashed a vicious propaganda against the judiciary to cover up its shortcomings. Unfortunately in this game of one upmanship some of the retired judges, the likes of justice Eashwaraiah have become pawns in the hands of the government and at their instance under the guise of some organizations some vested interests have been filing writ petitions to undermine the honesty integrity and Majesty of the judiciary and to pollute the stream of justice so as to create obstacles in the fair administration of justice which should not be tolerated at any cost by this Honorable Court to uphold the Majesty of the judicial system. It is pertinent to mention here that Justice V. Eashwaraiah has been appointed as the Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Judicial Commission by the incumbent Government and he has been encouraging this kind of frivolous litigation to please his political masters for his vested interest.”

So, the intervening applicant filled in the void consequent to the withdrawal of the earlier pleadings by the High Court.


The Bench comprising Justice Satyanarayana Murthy and Justice K Lalitha, proceed to adjudge the PIL on merits and pass orders, and yet entertain the intervention petition, and proceed to make orders on the basis of recorded private conversation allegedly between Justice Eswaraiah and the suspended Judicial Officer. The High Court passed an order directing enquiry by Justice Raveendran. The High Court even without trial, concluded that there is a conspiracy against the sitting Judge of the Honourable Supreme Court Sri Justice N. V. Ramana and the High Court.


AP HC PROTECTING INTERESTS OF TDP , GUIDED JUSTICE NV RAMANA


The full blown tussle between the Andhra Pradesh HC , sitting SC judge Justice NV Ramana and the Andhra Pradesh HC has exposed the shady side of the judiciary in more ways than one in the recent past. Multiple instances of the High Court going way beyond its constitutional mandate to directly or indirectly cater to the interests of former CM Chandrababu Naidu and his party, The Telugu Desam Party and those close to members of the same have come to light since the Government of the day headed by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy took over in 2019.


Highlighting the alarming issue which could have a devastating impact on the democratic tenets of the country, CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to the Chief Justice of India on the 6th of this month. The letter goes into the details of all those decisions taken by the HC, which go onto prove that the judiciary in the state has been biased for over the past 16 months. (Please find a copy of the letter attached 👇). It is important to note that one of the biased judges of the esteemed HC also went to the extent of deliberately hiding details which amount to 'Conflict of Interest' when asked to preside over a case .


A BRIEF ON ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED DECISIONS 👇


Since the new Government undertook the enquiry into the actions of Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu in his regime between 2014-2019, it is now clear, that Sri Justice N. V. Ramana, started influencing the course of administration of justice in the State, through the Chief Justice Sri Jitendra Kumar Maheswari. The course of influence was in the areas of :


Roster for sitting of the Honourable Judges, whereby important matters of

policy and protection for Chandrababu Naidus interests were posted before a few Honourable Judges – Justice A.V. Sesha Sai, Justice M. Satyanarayana Murthy, Justice D.V. S.S. Somayyajulu, Justice D. Ramesh,


The entertaining of PILs lowering the threshold for acceptance of PILs by

the High Court on the judicial side


Orders passed by the Honourable Court


Specific instances of court porders protecting TDP interests :




Amaravati Land Scam “ Any FIRs lodged into the investigation of Amaravati Scam are immediately stayed by the High Court. Orders in Crl. P. No. 1288/2020 and Crl. P. No. 1719 of 2020 and Crl P No. 2977/2020 are enclosed.

Justice K. Lalitha : Justice K Lalitha is among the Honourable Judges who has been protecting the interests of politicians of Telugu Desam. The former Minister Mr. Atcham Naidu was arrested in connection with investigation into the medical scam. Within one week of lodging in jail, the learned Judge directed that he be shifted to a hospital and again shifted to another Hospital and ultimately was granted bail by the High Court to be released from the Hospital itself. The petitions filed by the State to vacate the said Order were not listed and the elapse of time was caused to benefit Mr. Atcham Naid


Stay of eviction/demolition process : The erstwhile APCRDA initiated process of eviction/demolition of houses, including one in which Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu is staying, since they are visibly and demonstrably within the conservation zone, and the houses having been constructed within the Full Tank Level. Due to the stay, the river water inundates the said Houses, apart from obstructing the flood flow of water.



Justice D Ramesh

Justice Ramesh is placed strategically in the jurisdiction of quash petition hearings in criminal matters and also WPs. Justice Ramesh was the Special Government Pleader attached to the Advocate General in the previous regime. The conduct of the learned Judge, in coming to the aid of accused persons, solely on account of considerations of TDP affiliation are as under:


Criminal Petition No. 3227 of 2020 filed by Dr. Ramesh of Ramesh Hospitals

Justice D. Ramesh granted stay of all further proceedings in Crime No. 173 of 2020. This was a case where 10 persons had lost their lives in a fire accident which had taken place in a Covid center being run by Ramesh Hospitals. Dr. Ramesh absconding even as of today. The Supreme Court was pleased to set aside the order of Justice Ramesh.


W.P. No. 15333 of 2020 and W.P. No. 15845 of 2020

W.P. No. 15333 of 2020 was filed by the State Election Commission represented by the State Election Commissioner seeking quash of the FIR lodged against the Assistant Secretary to the State Election Commission for offences under the provisions of the Information Technology Act. W.P. No. 15845 of 2020 was filed by the accused a few days later by the same counsel seeking quash of the same FIR. When the case was taken up for hearing it was pointed out that the first Writ Petition is not maintainable and that the filing of the first Writ followed by the filing of the second writ were abuse of the process of the Hon’ble Court. Justice Ramesh granted a stay of investigation in the matter without assigning any reasons whatsoever.


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Justice Satyanarayana Murthy:

Justice Satyanarayana Murthy is the trusted person of Justice N. V. Ramana since the last ten years with open hostility to the Government. He has been intricately involved in all the matters in which the High Court has interfered with the Administration of the Government. The Chief Justice has ensured that Justice Satyanarayana Murthy is on the bench along with him in all matters of importance including the Full Bench which is hearing the Capital matters (Challenge to the two enactments). Justice Murthy is very caustic in his approach and reproaches the Government advocates on a regular basis.


In fact in W.P. No. 10437 of 2020 which was filed by private intermediate colleges association for recovery of certain fee from the State, Justice Murthy advised the Learned Advocate General that he will have to address the Court on Article 365 of the Constitution and that he feels that the State Government is not following the directions of the Central Government. In the said matter Justice Murthy had reserved the matter for judgment based only on the Affidavit of the Writ Petitioner without even looking into the Counter filed by the State. Justice Murthy has also been instrumental in staying the allotment of house site scheme one of the flagship schemes of the State to provide 25 lakhs house sites to people below the poverty line. There are numerous instances where Justice Murthy has vociferously condemned the Government and severely criticized the various beneficial schemes taken up by the State.


Crl. P. No. 4189/2020.. Justice Satyanarayana Murthy granted stay of an investigation into a crime registered against Sri Dammalapati Srinivas, former Advocate General and a close confidante of Sri Justice N.V. Ramana , from the family members of Sri Dammalapati Srinivas. The complaint of cheating and crime investigation is stayed on the ground that the money involved in the transaction is repaid by the accused. Every judicial precedent and elementary principle of jurisprudence is violated by such orders, with a view to protect the interests of TDP members.


Justice D. Somayyajulu : Acts of impropriety, lack of ethical standards



W.P. No. 11664 of 2019 filed by M/s. Navayuga Engineering

The State vide a reasoned GO terminated the contract of M/s. Navayuga Engineering in relation to the Polavaram Hydro Electric Project. The same was challenged by way of a Writ Petition and the matter came to be listed before Justice DVSS Somayajulu. On the website of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, the profile of every judge of the High Court is published. Justice Somayajulu’s profile is also available and it is stated therein that he has rendered legal services as legal advisor to M/s. Navayuga Engineering. The Judge while hearing the matter, neither disclosed the same nor offered to recuse. It was only after the order was passed that the said issue was made known to all and the Honourable Judges of the High Court were made aware of the same. While the said order was vacated by another learned Judge of the court, the initial order passed by Justice Somayyajulu was restored by the orders passed by the Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice.

W.P. Nos. 6562 and 6711 of 2020 challenging the constitution of the Special Investigation Team and Cabinet Sub Committee findings.

All further proceedings in relation to G.Os. constituting both the Cabinet Sub Committee and the Special Investigation Team were stayed by Justice Somayajulu. The Cabinet Sub Committee was constituted in the month of November 2019 and was challenged by way of Writ Petition only in March, 2020. The persons filing the two writs were TDP party workers one of the being Varlaa Ramaiah, the Party General Secretary. The Writs were filed stating that the image of the party is being tarnished and that is the locus for the two writ petitioners. The fundamental challenge was that the successor Government cannot change the policies of the predecessor Government which conclusion the Judge arrived at while staying the two G.O’s.


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Animosity of the High Court towards my Government and me :


1. Allegations of Phone Tapping of Honourable Judges : PIL No. 194/2020


The agenda for adjudication of various matters by PILs is set by two media Houses promoted and connected to TDP, , Andhra Jyothi and TV5. The pattern is that there would be a TV discussion on a subject matter, and within a couple of days, a PIL is organized to espouse the said cause, without any verification of the details published by the media House. A case in instance is the PIL on alleged phone tapping of the Honourable Judges :


Soon after the publication of the newsitem in Andhra Jyothi on 15.8.2020, on the same day, the Home Secretary addressed the Registrar General denying the explosive contents of the said news story, attributing the said acts to the Government. ON 17.8.2020, a PIL is entertained and notice is issued to the State on the same allegations, which are based on a newspaper report. There is no complaint lodged by any learned Judge with any of the investigating agencies nor is any communication received by any of the investigating agencies from the Honourable High Court. Based on Andhra Jyothi publication, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu addressed a letter to the Honble Prime Minister, narrating the same content without any corroborative evidence. The approach of the Honourable Court has now converted into seeing the Government as being presumptively guilty of every act alleged in every PIL, rather than the reverse, which is the established principle in law. In spite of the objections to the maintainability submitted by the State Counsel, notice is ordered to the respondents and incendiary comments are passed by the Court against the Government and promptly published by Andhra Jyothi followed by television debates in select media houses. The objective of vilification of Government without trial, without hearing, without evidence, without the source of complaint, without prima facie material, is achieved by the media House through the High Court process. The focus of discussion is that there is breakdown of constitutional machinery in the State, and panelists are heard goading the High Court towards that end.



PIL in relation to arresting Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu in Vizag - PIL No 45/2020


PIL No. 45 of 200 filed by an ex legislator of the TDP party, wherein the action of the police in not allowing the TDP party to hold public rally’s in Visakhapatnam. etc was challenged. However this PIL was filed a day after Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu was not allowed to go inside the Vizag City and was arrested by issuing a notice under Section 151 of the CRPC. The DGP was summoned to the Court, even after the court and humiliated by the Full Bench of the Court and to convey an impression that the law and order machinery in the State is not proper.


PIL 108 of 2020 alleging violation of Covid-19 guidelines by MLA’s belonging to YSRCP:


The PIL was filed by a lawyer alleging violation of Covid-19 social distancing guidelines by MLA’s and leader belonging to the YSRCP Party. An elaborate counter was filed on behalf of the Government stating that enquiries were conducted and officers were placed under suspension for violations. Inspite of the same the Chief Justice suddenly states that he is directing a CBI enquiry into the filing of the Counter and as to how the Home Secretary could have filed such a counter. On objection by the State Counsel, the Chief Justice directed that a better counter be filed and adjourned the matter. However by the next date of hearing another PIL No. 134 of 2020 came to be filed alleging violation of Covid-19 guidelines by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. Both the matters were tagged to be heard together. On the date of the hearing , the matters were assigned to the Bench headed by Justice A.V. Sesha Sai and both the PILs are dismissed on the ground that there is an alternative remedy under the National Disaster Management Act and the same may be followed. There was a sea change in the attitude of the Court after the same allegations were made against Mr. Chandrababu Naidu and the PILs were dismissed.




PIL No. 168/2020 is filed by an organization on 17.7.2020 to seek enquiry into the covid management procedures of the High Court relating to the death of the Registrar of the High Court. It was numbered on 23.7.2020. On 24.7.2020, it was heard by the Bench headed by Sri Justice Rakesh Kumar. The High Court filed its preliminary counter on 30.7.2020. It is curious to note that the High Court, in its written pleadings, at para 13 states as under :


“13. As per the preliminary objections, it is clear that this petition is filed by a political person to political gain and to malign the High court. In this sequel it is relevant that former Justice. V. Eshwaraiah, who appointed as chairman of the A.P. Higher Education Regulatory Committee and chairman of the BC Association, has also submitted a compliant with the same allegations to the Hon’ble President of India referred herein above against the Chief Justice. His appointment on the said post was made by the State Government as per the recommendation Dt. 04-09-2019 issuing notification in the Second week of September 2019. The said recommendation was after the recommendation to appoint regular Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh on 22.08.2019 by the collegium of the Supreme Court. Thus, his appointment is under persuasion of the State Government to favour him. On having achieved his desire of appointment after post retirement, he wants to support the State Government under the cover of BC Association maligning the High Court. The Petitioner/Association is also BC, SC, ST Student federation and connivance of both the Associations cannot be ruled out. In fact, the State Government is not happily accepting the verdicts of the High Court given in various cases against them. Those cases are i) W.P. (PIL) No. 177 of 2019 and W.P. (PIL) No. 18 of 2020 delivered on 10.03.2020 in connection with painting of the Grama Panchayat offices in the State of Andhra Pradesh with colours of Ruling Party flag, ii) W.P (PIL) No. 183 of 2019 and W.P No. 185 of 2019 delivered on 15.04.2020 in connection with converting all the schools in the state of Andhra Pradesh into English Medium. iii) W.P Nos. 8163, 8164, 8165,8167 and 8394 of 2020 and W.P.(PIL) Nos. 89, 90, 94, 95,97,98 and 99 of 2020 delivered on 29.05.2020 in relation to State Election Commission and many more, however on scrupulous comments degrading the image of the institution are floated in social media by various persons, including the sitting Member of Parliament, the Speaker of the Assembly on which suo motu contempt proceedings have been initiated in Contempt Case No. 501 of 2020 and also a Writ Petition is filed in W.P No. 9166 of 2020. Therefore, in view of the preliminary objections and the above facts, filing of this petition is malafide and to achieve the oblique intention.”


When the Advocate General pointed out that High Court is unfairly unnecessarily hostile to the State Government, the standing counsel for the High Court offered to withdraw the said pleadings and file and amended paragraph. The amended paragraph reads as below:


“13. As per the contents of the preliminary objection, it is clear that this petition is filed in the name of Association by a political person for a political gain with an oblique intention. It is a matter of record and not out of place to state that some of the political/peoples’ representatives are commenting on judgments delivered by the Hob’ble High Court of A.P. on social media platforms, few of the said Judgments are i) W.P. (PIL) No. 177 of 2019 and W.P. (PIL) No. 18 of 2020 delivered on 10.03.2020 in connection with painting of the Grama Panchayat offices in the State of Andhra Pradesh with colours of Ruling Party flag, ii) W.P (PIL) No. 183 of 2019 and W.P No. 185 of 2019 delivered on 15.04.2020 in connection with converting all the schools in the state of Andhra Pradesh into English Medium. iii) W.P Nos. 8163, 8164, 8165, 8167 and 8394 of 2020 and W.P.(PIL) Nos. 89, 90, 94, 95,97,98 and 99 of 2020 delivered on 29.05.2020 in relation to State Election Commission and many more. It is also a matter of record that unscrupulous comments degrading, maligning the image of the institution posted on the social media platforms, by the sitting Member of Parliament, Ex- MLA of the ruling part and others, whereby derogatory comments were made on the learned Judges of the Hon’ble High Court constrained initiation of Suo Moto action towards registration of contempt proceedings in C.C No. 501 of 2020. A writ petition No. 9166 of 2020 has also been filed by the High Court in its institutional capacity seeking formulation of a policy by the Union of India in the matter of floating comments degrading the image of the Judicial Institution and for other reliefs. Both these cases are pending for consideration. It is not out of place to state that “Deccan Chronicle” daily Newspaper published a news item on 02.07.2020 under the heading “Speaker raises concerns over the Court’s meddling in State Issues” and as per the contents the news item, Sri. Tammineni Seetharam, Speaker of the Assembly of the State of Andhra Pradesh had passed comments against the Hon’ble High Court, which are derogatory in nature. The said comments were widely reported in English and vernacular dailies in the State of Andhra Pradesh, which were degrading the Judicial Institution. It is also relevant to state that a compliant was allegedly sent to the Hon’ble President of India, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Judges of Supreme Court, Hon’ble Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India by All India Backward Classes Federation, on their letter head, attributing allegations against the Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh. In fact, the petitioners relies upon the same in Para 21 of their Affidavit. As per the contents of the said letter head, Justice. V. Eshwaraiah is shown as the president, who is chairman, A.P. Higher Education Regulatory Commission by Government of Andhra Pradesh, appointed in September, 2019. Some of the contents of the complaint are similar to the averments and pleadings raised in the Affidavit filed in support of the PIL. Hence, the connection of both the Associations and their Members, including Justice V. Eshwaraiah, cannot be ruled out. Thus, it is another attempt to undermine the authority of the High Court and to malign the image of the Judicial Institution. In view of the facts as narrated in the preliminary counter, the Writ Petition is filed with a malafide intention to achieve the oblique intention and it deserves to be dismissed.”


Curiously, an intervention application is filed, on 4.8.2020 by a suspended Judicial Officer of the subordinate judiciary taking the same plea, and reiterating the stand of the High Court as contained in the withdrawn para 13 of the counter affidavit as above. The pleadings in the intervention petition are as under:


“5. I submit that the incumbent Government after assuming office on 30-06-2019, after the General Elections, has been taking several policy and administrative decisions by violating the provisions of various laws and by violating the principles of natural justice. The individuals and Organizations aggrieved by the policy and administrative decisions of the Government of Andhra Pradesh have been approaching this Hon’ble Court for their grievance redressal and in several cases this Hon’ble Court by exercising its extraordinary jurisdiction reversed the policy and administrative decisions of the Government, as they failed to stand the legal scrutiny.


6. I further submit that by boring grudge against the orders passed by this Honorable Court, the incumbent government has unleashed a vicious propaganda against the judiciary to cover up its shortcomings. Unfortunately in this game of one upmanship some of the retired judges, the likes of justice Eashwaraiah have become pawns in the hands of the government and at their instance under the guise of some organizations some vested interests have been filing writ petitions to undermine the honesty integrity and Majesty of the judiciary and to pollute the stream of justice so as to create obstacles in the fair administration of justice which should not be tolerated at any cost by this Honorable Court to uphold the Majesty of the judicial system. It is pertinent to mention here that Justice V. Eashwaraiah has been appointed as the Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Judicial Commission by the incumbent Government and he has been encouraging this kind of frivolous litigation to please his political masters for his vested interest.”

So, the intervening applicant filled in the void consequent to the withdrawal of the earlier pleadings by the High Court.


The Bench comprising Justice Satyanarayana Murthy and Justice K Lalitha, proceed to adjudge the PIL on merits and pass orders, and yet entertain the intervention petition, and proceed to make orders on the basis of recorded private conversation allegedly between Justice Eswaraiah and the suspended Judicial Officer. The High Court passed an order directing enquiry by Justice Raveendran. The High Court even without trial, concluded that there is a conspiracy against the sitting Judge of the Honourable Supreme Court Sri Justice N. V. Ramana and the High Court.

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