The Attorney General for India, K K Venugopal, has declined consent to initiate criminal contempt against the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his advisor, Ajeya Kellam IAS for making public allegations against Justice N V Ramana, judge of the Supreme Court.
The AG opined that the conduct of the Andhra CM and his advisor was “prima facie contumacious” but as the Chief Justice of India is “seized of the matter” it would not be appropriate for him to deal with the same.
The application seeking AG’s consent to initiate criminal contempt was filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay.
Upadhyay, who also happens to be the petitioner in the PIL seeking expeditious trial of cases against MPs/MLAs, states that he has reasons to believe that the Andhra CM’s unprecedented action was a response to the order passed by a bench headed by Justice Ramana on September 16 to fast-track the criminal trial against legislators.
He mentions that Jagan Mohan Reddy is facing a number of criminal cases for corruption and disproportionate assets. Following the direction of the Supreme Court, the High Court has passed directions for commencing day-to-day trial of cases against MLAs.
The Bar Council of India, Supreme Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association have passed resolutions condemning the act of the Andhra CM.