A jolt to SEC Nimmagadda - HC adjourns case for 18 Jan
State elections commissioner(SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who is seems to be in frustrated mood and wants to conduct the local body elections at any cost has faced a slap from high court of Andhrapradesh. As per the petition filed by the government of Andhrapradesh the single bench court has wrapped out the election notification issued by SEC in his own with out consulting the government authorities. Later he moved to division bench on this issue and appealed the court to honor his decision and approve the notification.
The division bench of the High Court, which had admitted the SEC’s appeal against the single judge suspending the election schedule on Monday, had posted the case for hearing in regular court on January 18, after the Pongal holidays.
Though the advocate of SEC insisted that the case should be heard and disposed urgently as the SEC was receiving calls and emails and there is a lot of work to be completed, the division bench felt that there was no urgency in the matter. This was the second consecutive setback for Ramesh Kumar, who is fighting a supremacy battle against the Jagan Mohan Reddy government for the past one year.
On Monday, the single judge bench had suspended the election schedule which he had issued on January 8 at late hours. The state government has challenged the schedule, got the relief in the single judge court, which was an unexpected setback to Ramesh Kumar, who had been enjoying victory after victory against the Jagan government. The state government said that there was no urgency to hold the panchayat elections as the government machinery was busy with the covid 19 pandemic and the vaccine schedule. The state said that covid 19 and vaccine were the top most priorities of the government keeping in view the health of the people. Any how, Nimmagadda couldnot get any support from court in these days and he has been facing hard days after shuffling of judges from Andhrapradesh recently.