Citing 'personal reasons', Telangana advocate general D Prakash Reddy resigns

The AG was reportedly upset with the state government over the ongoing case of two expelled Congress MLAs in the High Court.
Citing 'personal reasons', Telangana advocate general D Prakash Reddy resigns
Citing 'personal reasons', Telangana advocate general D Prakash Reddy resigns
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In a move that took many by surprise, Telangana Advocate-General D Prakash Reddy on Monday, submitted his resignation to the TRS government. 

While the senior advocate cited 'personal reasons', reports suggest that Reddy was upset after the state government hired Supreme Court senior lawyer Harish Salve to argue the case of the expelled Congress MLAs  in the Hyderabad High Court, without consulting him. 

The two MLAs, Sampath Kumar and Venkat Reddy, were expelled after the Congress created a commotion during the joint session of the Assembly and Legislative Council on March 12.

In the ruckus that ensued during the Governor's speech, Venkat Reddy hurled his headphones towards the podium, and ended up injuring Legislative Council Chairman Swamy Goud’s eye.

As they challenged the expulsion in court, Reddy who first argued the case on behalf of the state government, orally assured that the video footage of the Governor’s address would be produced before the bench on March 22.

However, the state government was reportedly displeased with Reddy's assurance and cited an order by the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which forbids State Assemblies from producing any material evidence to court without a resolution in the House.

When the case came up for hearing on March 22, it was Additional Advocate-General J. Ramachandra Rao who was present in the court instead of Reddy and sought time till March 27 to produce the video.

Appointed to his post in July last year,  Prakash Reddy hails from Telangana's Mahbubnagar district and has a career spanning over three decades. 

In a temporary relief to the two Congress legislators expelled from the Telangana Assembly this month, the Hyderabad High Court had earlier directed the Election Commission not to issue poll schedule for bye-elections in their constituencies for six months.

The Congress leaders, in their petition, argued that that they were not given any notice or opportunity to explain the alleged obstruction or interruption or undignified behaviour at the time of Governor's address, but they were singled out as the Chief Minister had a personal vendetta against them.

IANS inputs

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