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A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by two lawyers seeking the removal of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy for making allegations against a sitting judge of the Apex Court.
Filed by Advocates GS Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, the PIL prays for the removal of Reddy from the constitutional post held by him for having made "scandalising" remarks against the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice NV Ramana.
The PIL alleges that Reddy himself faces a plethora of cases, including those related to money laundering and corruption. By using his constitutional post to level "false, vague, political and scandalized remarks and allegations openly in the public and media" against a sitting judge, Reddy is liable to be deemed unfit to continue in his post, the plea states.
It is further argued that while Reddy has the right to raise his grievances before legal fora in the country, he does not possess the right to misuse his constitutional post for scandalising the judicial system in this manner by sending a communication to the Chief Justice of India. The PIL says,
Reddy had sent a communication to the CJI SA Bobde earlier this month, levelling a number of allegations against Justice Ramana, who is next in line to become the CJI. The allegations pertained to corruption and even bench hunting, among others. These allegations were also publicly announced by Reddy in a press conference held days after he sent the communication to the CJI.
Earlier this week, a similar petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to Reddy to refrain from making public statements or holding press conferences to malign the “august institution of the Supreme Court” and its judges.