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A recording of a conversation stated to have been between a former High Court Judge and another person disclosing a conspiracy against the Court's Chief Justice and a Supreme Judge prompted the initiation of an inquiry.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court has ordered an inquiry into a telephonic conversation purportedly between a former High Court Judge and another person which disclosed a conspiracy against the Chief Justice of the High Court and a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.
The Bench of Justices M Satyanarayana Murthy and Lalitha Kanneganti passed an order requesting retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice (retd.) RV Raveendran to conduct the inquiry.
The Court was presented with a pen drive containing the recording of a conversation stated to be between one, S Ramakrishna and a retired judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
The recording is stated to have disclosed that a Public Interest Litigation pending before the High Court was filed at the behest of the former High court Judge.
The person in the recording (alleged to be the former High Court judge) is stated to have urged Ramakrishna to “collect material” against a sitting judge of the Supreme Court so that a petition can be sent to mar his future career.
Last Thursday, the High Court observed that “It is difficult to readily believe that it is the voice of Sri S. Ramakrishna and third party i.e. the person who had conversation with Sri S. Ramakrishna, at this stage.”
While highlighting the need to verify the authenticity of the recording, the Bench also spoke of the necessity to ensure public faith in the Courts.
Andhra Pradesh High Court
The Judges, therefore, requested Justice (retd.) Raveendran, to make inquiries and submit his findings to the Court.
The Directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Intelligence Bureau have been directed to depute responsible officers to collect information relating to the conversation and aid Justice Raveendran in his inquiry.
Notably, while ordering the inquiry, the Court also relied on the Supreme Court’s suo motu decision to probe whether sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi were part of a larger conspiracy. Justice AK Patnaik had been tasked with the inquiry in that case.
Read the Andhra Pradesh HC's order here: