High Court judge faces probe for ‘ill-treating’ Dalit

NEW DELHI: A Supreme Court judge has held that there is prima facie case for an inquiry into a complaint against Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy of Hyderabad high court for ill-treating a Dalit judge, S Ramakrishna, of the Andhra Pradesh subordinate judiciary.

| Dec 16, 2016, 04.51 AM IST


Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy

After receiving two complaints a few months ago, the Chief Justice of India referred the case to a senior judge, legal sources said.

The senior SC judge recommended an in-house inquiry and the transfer of Justice Reddy from Hyderabad HC pending an inquiry into allegations against him. The recommendation of the judge will be placed before a five-member collegium of the Supreme Court in the first week of January, sources told TOI.

In 2012, Ramakrishna was posted as principal junior civil judge of Rayachoti in Kadapa, which is Justice Reddy’s native district. Justice Reddy’s younger brother, C Pavan Kumar Reddy, was working as an additional public prosecutor in Rayachoti court. Ramakrishna in his complaint to the CJI alleged Pavan was acting like a despot and also held sway over court staff. After his driver, Ramanjulu, refused to sign on a blank paper, Pavan Reddy doused him with petrol and burnt him alive, he alleged in his complaint. Ramakrishna also recorded the dying declaration of Ramanjulu, the complaint said. Following Ramakrishna’s refusal to remove Pavan’s name from the dying declaration, Justice Reddy bore a grudge and had him suspended. Earlier, Justice Reddy had called Ramakrishna to his Rayachoti residence.

Last year, the Hyderabad high court heard a writ petition by Ramakrishna on this issue. It removed the name of Justice Reddy from the list of respondents and admitted the plea against his brother and court staff in Rayachoti. The petition was dismissed after Ramakrishna’s counsel didn’t appear for a few hearings.

Ramakrishna then wrote to the CJI about his ordeal. Following his request, seven members of Parliament, it is learnt, separately sent a complaint to the CJI. CPI(M) MP Sitaram Yechury took active part when an impeachment motion was proposed and 61 MPs of various parties signed the motion. He sent it to Rajya Sabha chairman Hameed Ansari, who is currently examining the complaint. Soon after the impeachment move on December 5, the judge decided to voluntarily stay away from official duties till proven innocent.

Courtesy: The Times Of India-


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