Political scuffle is making its way from the last few days in Telangana. More than a month after being reinstated as the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner (SEC), following an extended legal confrontation with the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government, retired IAS officer Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Friday moved HC again seeking an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the state Crime Investigation Department (CID). In a petition, the SEC brought to the notice of the court that the Director-General of Police and the CID authorities had filed a misleading and trivial case against him on April 21 at the direction of the ruling YSR Congress party.
He demanded that HC must direct the Central government to order an examination through any Central agency, preferably the CBI, into the case filed against the SEC by the CID. Ramesh Kumar also wanted the court to stop the state government, the DGP and the CID authorities from interfering with the functioning of the election commission, thereby extinguishing its sovereignty guaranteed under Article 243 K of the Constitution of India, as being illegal, manifestly arbitrary and in violation of the spirit of Article 243K of the Constitution.
He also asked the court to cancel the FIR registered against the SEC and grant a stay on the CID probe, pending disposal of the petition. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on September 7. It may be mentioned that the CID, based on a complaint lodged by YSRC general secretary V Vijay Sai Reddy, registered a case on April 21. The CID charged Ramesh Kumar with forcing his staff at the SEC to destroy certain files in the office computer pertaining to his complaint to the Union home secretary seeking protection by the central agency.