Advocates G.S. Mani, Pradeep Kumar Yadav, and S.K. Singh jointly filed a PIL seeking removal of Jagan Mohan Reddy as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh over his controversial letter which leveled several allegations against Justice N.V. Ramana, the next to become Chief justice of the Supreme Court of India and making it public through a press conference.
The bench headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was to hear the petition on the 16th of November. However, Justice Lalit directed to transfer the case to another tribunal and recused himself from the matter as he had previously argued on behalf of the persons in the case. The bench of justices Lalit, Vineet Saran, and S. Ravindra Bhat was to hear three petitions seeking various reliefs against Reddy.
The pleas alleged that Reddy not only wrote a letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) S.A. Bobde leveling baseless allegations against the judiciary but also held a press conference in which false statements were made.
In the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the petitioners have contended that Jagan Mohan Reddy be removed as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for his malicious allegations against the second-senior most judge of the Supreme Court of India. They have stated the allegations made in the letter as false, vague, and politically motivated to gain personal benefit by maligning the image of the Judiciary. The petitioners also focused on the importance of integrity and independence of the judiciary. The petitioners have stated:
“It is not permissible that the 3rd Respondent, Sh. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is Chief Minister of State of Andhra Pradesh holding the constitutional post by misusing his official post, power and office of Chief Minister of State of Andhra Pradesh making false, vague, scandalized remarks and political allegation against the Senior Most Sitting judge of this Hon’ble Court openly in the public and media after sending a communication to the Chief Justice of India.”
The petitioners also put in question the conduct of Jagan Mohan Reddy by mentioning that Jagan Mohan Reddy is the prime accused in more than 20 criminal cases including various cases of money laundering and serious charges of corruption.
The petitioners also sought a detailed judicial inquiry, by constituting an internal committee headed by retired or sitting judges of the Supreme Court, or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The petitioners also prayed to the court to issue show-cause notices to the CM as to why suitable action shouldn’t be taken against him.
The petitioners asserted that Jagan Mohan Reddy has crossed the limits and the appropriate action has to be taken against him.