The letter written by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Justice SA Babde against Supreme Court Justice NV Ramana and AP High Court judges has caused a great deal of controversy across the country. The Delhi High Court Bar Association has already strongly condemned the letter written by CM Jagan. Meanwhile, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking the removal of YS Jaganmohan Reddy from the post of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.
Two advocates have filed a PIL in the Supreme Court demanding the removal of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy from the post of CM. The petition has sought a direction to remove him from the court over the alleged remarks of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy against Judge NV Ramanna.
In this petition, the Supreme Court has been requested to order Reddy to be removed from the post of Chief Minister. The petition further said that Jagan Mohan Reddy accused Justice Ramna and High Court judges of influence and involvement in the cases related to the state after writing a letter to the CJI on 6 October 2020. The plea states that it is the misuse of the power by the chief minister.
Supreme Court lawyers GS Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav have said that Jaganmohan Reddy has more than 30 criminal cases including money laundering and corruption which are very serious in nature.
The lawyers further added that to obtain personal benefit or relief from the court by misusing his power and position as the CM of the AP State, open and false remarks have been made. The petition further claims that the political charge against the judge of the apex court is only to tarnish the image of the judiciary in the public mind. Therefore, appropriate action should be taken to remove him as the CM of the state.
There has also been a demand for a judicial inquiry by forming an internal committee under the leadership of any authority, including the current or retired judge of the Supreme Court or the CBI, on vague allegations levelled by Reddy.
“The allegations made by CM Jagan are likely to affect confidence in the judiciary. The confidence of the people in the judiciary and the independence of the judiciary must be protected. False allegations against the most senior judge to become chief justice are painful. They are trying to undermine the independence of the judiciary by making accusations against the judiciary and judges for personal gain. Chief Minister Jagan, who is in a constitutional position for the first time, wrote a letter to the Chief Justice and then publicly made false allegations in front of the media. It affects the confidence of the people in the judiciary. Affects the following courts as well. We want to remove Jaganmohan Reddy from the post of Chief Minister who has made such political allegations, ” the petition said. The petition is likely to come up for hearing in another two to three days. Otherwise, it seems that there is a chance that this petition will come up for hearing after the 26th Dussehra holiday this month.