Stop enquiry into Nimmagadda Ramesh’s letter to Home Minister: HC to CID

The Andhra Pradesh High Court directed the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to stop its inquiry into the issue of state election commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar writing a letter to the Union home ministry.
The AP State Election Commission (APSEC) and Samba Murthy, assistant secretary, SEC in his individual capacity, had filed writ petitions questioning the registration of a first information report (FIR) against the State Election Commission.
D V Sitharam Murthy, senior counsel for the AP State Election Commission, contended that the independence of the commission was under attack by the state of AP through the CID.
In the name of the investigation, the employees of APSEC were harassed on 18.04.2020 and later an FIR was registered on 21.04.2020, which was illegal and contrary to settled principles of criminal procedure.
N. Ashwani Kumar, counsel for Samba Murty, argued that as an individual, Samba Murty, has no connection to the inquiry and, for no reason, was harassed.
The FIR has not disclosed the reasons for involving the name of Samba Murty and the invocation of Section 67 of Information Technology Act was absurd, illogical and untenable in law, the counsel said. Government pleader, however, argued that the state government has the power to investigate the matter.
The high court after hearing the matter at length directed all further proceedings to be stayed and the complete record to be produced before the court by next Monday.
The court also asked the state to file its response. The court observed that prima facie, the CID’s action amounted to interference with the constitutional independence of APSEC.
TDP workers welcomed the HC’s decision and alleged that CID was trying to harass the SEC staff. The court observed that prima facie, the CID’s action amounted to interference with the constitutional independence of APSEC. 
Going by this High Court directive, it is clear that the Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy-led government has been interfering with the judiciary in several cases. Unfortunately, it is also indicative of the current government’s complete lack of accountability towards laws or the judicial system. 
With this judgement, it looks like Nimmagadda Ramesh has shown the current government its place by taking the legal route. Let us hope that this will be a learning opportunity for the YSRCP government. 

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