This includes criminal cases on two Deputy CMs, the Speaker, and five cabinet Ministers.

Furnish details of cases being dropped against TDP leaders via GOs HC tells Andhra
news News Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 09:23

The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday asked the Andhra Pradesh government to provide details of cases booked against TDP leaders, which were dropped, after the state issued a number of Government Orders (GOs). 

The court was hearing a petition by YSRCP MLA A Ramakrishna Reddy, who had challenged the state government's move.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that the ruling TDP government issued the withdrawal of 273 cases against TDP leaders including Deputy CMs KE Krishnamurthy and N Chinarajappa, Speaker K. Siva Prasada Rao, and ministers D. Umamaheswara Rao, K. Ravindra, N. Anand Babu, K. Atchannaidu and G. Srinivasa Rao.

While minister K. Atchannaidu had a molestation case against him, an attempt to murder case was pending against minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, according to reports.

Speaking to the Times of India, the petitioner alleged that the charges against the TDP leaders ranged from molestation and rape, to threatening government officials. He claimed that dropping the case on more than 250 TDP leaders, would in fact free 1,400 criminals from the relevant FIRs, without a formal trial.

This comes a day after the Hyderabad High Court issued a notice to Giddalur MLA Ashok Reddy, questioning the withdrawal of a criminal case against him.

The court was hearing a separate PIL by Sheik Mastan Vali, who contented that the case should not be withdrawn with a GO, as the MLA was an accused in a case of burning a police jeep.

The petitioner's counsel had earlier also questioned the timing of the GO, as the legislator was elected on a YSRCP ticket and the case was dropped after he switched over to the TDP.

The HC also pulled up the TDP government in that separate case, and asked it to explain the issuing of a specific GO 379, which ordered for the withdrawal of the criminal case against the legislator.

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