The art of creating ‘new posts’ for Jagan’s aides in Andhra Pradesh

When politicians like a few people and are indebted to them for favours granted to them, they end up going overboard sometimes. In AP Chief Minister, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s case is the same. As someone who has been accused of money laundering and served a jail term for 16 months, Jagan has been proven as guilty in corruption cases. 
During that time, a lot of favours must’ve been done for him. From reducing his jail time to other chores, many people and biggies usually get involved for a certain price. For someone like Jagan who’s been in and out of jail, a lot of favours are left now because he’s in power in Andhra now. 
Remember Justice V Kanagaraj, the retired judge of Madras High Court who came to AP overnight and was appointed as State election commissioner by Jagan Government? Well, Justice V Kanagaraj in April 2020 took over as the AP State Election Commissioner (SEC) soon after the Jagan government removed incumbent SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar whose tenure was reduced by bringing an amendment to the Section 200 of AP Panchayat Act, 1994. 
This created a huge flutter in administrative and political circles as the move was controversial. It was seen as a direct war between CM Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and then SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar. Finally, Nimmagadda Ramesh won a legal battle against AP state government and thus secured his post of SEC back. Following this, Justice Kanagaraj had no option but to leave the position following the court’s orders.
The latest buzz is that AP state government is toying with the idea of constituting Police Compliance Authority (PCA) and retired Justice V. Kanagaraj is likely to be made as the Chairman of the PCA. The PCA would look into the complaints against police personnel. 
People who haven’t received due justice from police, timely intervention from police or those who acted against their interests could lodge complaints against police at the PCA. This is apparently in tune with the Supreme Court’s guidelines. As per Supreme Court’s directions, AP state government is going to constitute the PCA and for this, it is going to appoint Kanagaraj as the Chairman.
The role of PCA is to conduct a thorough probe into the complaints against police personnel and recommend an action against them to the government. However, the state government has the right to either consider the recommendation or to ignore it. As there is no rule to implement the PCA’s recommendation, it needs to be seen how effective PCA would be in days to come. 
But, it is heard that CM Jagan is keen on returning the favour to his aide and shall appoint Kanagaraj as the Chairman of AP PCA. Well, this teaches us that no one is better at the art of “creating new posts” overnight than Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. After all, the man has to return all the favours now! 

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