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Amaravati (AP), Oct 11 (PTI) Chief Minister Y S Jagan
Mohan Reddy''s allegation against a senior Supreme Court judge
that he has been influencing the sittings of Andhra Pradesh
High Courtand acting in the interests of Telugu Desam Party
created a flutter with the Chandrababu Naidu-led party
dismissing it as ''atrocious'' and a "conspiracy against the
The chief minister wrote a letter to the Chief Justice
of India (CJI), S A Bobde, in an unprecedented move
alleging that the Andhra Pradesh High Court was being used to
"destabilise and topple my democratically elected
Reddy requested the CJI to look into the matter and
consider initiating steps "as may be considered fit and proper
to ensure that the state judiciary''s neutrality is
There was no immediate reaction from Supreme Court
officials to the allegation.
The chief minister alleged the senior apex court judge
had proximity to Chandrababu Naidu and that a "former judge of
the honourable Supreme Court placed this fact on record."
After his government initiated an inquiry into the
actions of Naidu regime between 2014-19, he alleged, "it is
now clear that the judge started influencing the course of
administration of justice in the state..."
Naming some high court judges, Reddy alleged they had a
"nexus with the Supreme Court judge and the Telugu Desam
Party and displayed animosity towards my government and me."
The apex court judges influence was in the areas of
"roster for sitting of the honourable Judges, whereby
important matters of policy and protection for Chandrababu
Naidus interests were posted before a few honourable judges,"
the chief minister alleged and referred to some orders to
buttress his claims.
The chief minister''s letter to the CJI was dated October
6 and his Principal Advisor Ajeya Kallam released it to the
media here on Saturday night.
He said it was sent on October 8 to the CJI.
The Telugu Desam Party rejected the allegation as a
"deliberate conspiracy against the judiciary" and nothing
could be more atrocious than this, while the Congress declined
to comment on the letter.
The TDP said it was ''mudslinging'', ''ridiculous'' and only
''bravado'' intended to ''blackmail'' the lower judiciary as
criminal cases against the chief minister were coming up for
regular trial soon.
When persons or organisations aggrieved by the illegal
and unconstitutional acts of your government seek redressal
from courts and if the courts grant relief, how can you blame
them, TDP politburo member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said in a
The letter also exposed Reddy''s ''grudge'' against Naidu,
The TDP leader asked why was the chief minister "so
impatient" when appeals against the High Court orders were
pending in the Supreme Court.
Asked about the letter, Congress spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi said each of the organs of the state were vital
pillars of the country''s "proud democracy", be it the
legislature, the executive or the judiciary.
"It would be less than responsible for a political party,
from a political podium to comment at this early stage on this
letter... it is not appropriate that any of us makes any
irresponsible comment at this stage," he told reporters in
New Delhi. PTI DBV ASK VGN GSN
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