A division bench said the case would be handed over to the CBI if the state CID failed to investigate it.
A Division Bench of Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice Uma Devi took to the view that it was not proper on the part of Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Tammineni Sitaram to pass irresponsible remarks on the functioning of the High Court.
The opinion came when the bench which was hearing a writ petition filed by the registry against the media, certain public representatives in the social media, and social media accounts run by the party in power, on Thursday. The division bench made it clear in their oral observations opined that if the CID was unable to perform the duties it was entrusted with, the case might be transferred to the CBI.
Upon the bench’s inquiry, the standing counsel informed the High Court that the Speaker made those remarks while addressing the media at Tirumala. The court would take suitable action as per the Constitution whether it was the Speaker or anyone else, the bench opined.
Advocate General S. Sriram informed the bench that there was no evidence to suggest that there was a conspiracy behind the social media postings or malafide intention against the judiciary. Stating that the government had a lot of respect towards the judiciary, the advocate general said that it was unfortunate that the judiciary delivered such opinions. In case of allegations against such persons, they could be made parties listen to their arguments as well, the Advocate General added.
It may be recalled that the High Court registry while filing the writ petition mentioned that the Speaker, several public representatives from the ruling dispensation had made remarks against the judiciary. Recently, the YSRCP parliamentarians had used their parliamentary privilege to make harsh comments against the orders of the judiciary.
The division bench said they would be left to feel that cases were not registered against the YSRCP leaders only to protect them. “If some ordinary person makes any comment against the government, cases are promptly registered against such persons. When persons in positions made comments against the judges and the courts, why have cases not been filed? Looking at things, we are left to infer that a war has been declared on the judiciary,” the bench remarked.
The principal opposition party in the State, TDP had launched a scathing attack saying that democracy was under threat with such actions of the YSRCP. The politics around the third pillar of democracy have heated up in Andhra Pradesh since the High Court passed judgments unfavorable to the YSRCP of which the most prominent was the status quo implementation on the matter of three capitals in the State.