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YSRCP versus the Judiciary

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On 6 October 2020, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote a letter to
the Chief Justice of India (CJI). In his 8-page letter, Jagan alleged that Justice N.V.Ramana is
trying to influence the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and allegedly shares proximity with former
CM Chandrababu Naidu. Justice N.V. Ramana is set to be the Chief Justice of India after
incumbent CJI Justice Bobde retires next year.
The controversial letter garnered attention from all corners of the nation and comes at a crucial
time which is being read as more than a mere coincidence. YSRCP led Andhra Pradesh
The government has received more than 100 legal setbacks from the High Court of Andhra Pradesh
in which various crucial decisions by the present government have either been curtailed or
nullified. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s flagships like party colors on government buildings, the three
capitals decision, removal of the State Election Commissioner, and many more have not passed
the judicial test.
Since April 2020, a series of attempts and statements have been made against the Judiciary by the
leaders of YSRCP who are occupying high ranking offices in the Government and have waged
the war against the Judiciary to tarnish the judges through “slanderous, life-threatening and
intimidating postings” in social media. The remarks made by these leaders have a serious impact
on the reputation of the Judiciary as an independent democratic institution. The High Court
bench on 12 October comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice Uma Devi directed the CBI
to submit a report in a sealed cover within eight weeks and ordered the next hearing for 17
December 2020.
Jagan has alleged that Former CM and Leader of Opposition is to be blamed for the inability of
his government to deliver on its promises. Laughable to say the least, the allegations have
received scathing criticism from numerous legal luminaries and bar associations.
The Bar Council of India among numerous others has condemned the politically motivated
move by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and extended their support to Supreme Court judge, Justice
N.V. Ramana. Even the former Delhi High Court Justice R.S. Sodhi has asserted that the AP
CM has crossed his limits by targeting the Judiciary. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court Bar
Association has passed a unanimous resolution against the controversial letter by Jagan Mohan
Reddy into the public domain and termed it as a dishonest attempt and disrespecting the
Judiciary and termed Justice Ramana, who is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, as “one
of the most virtuous judges with the highest level of integrity”.
CM Jagan Mohan Reddy appears to have decided to go all out against a section of the Judiciary
as recently the order of the Supreme Court to fast-track criminal cases against MPs and MLAs
makes this letter look like an attempt to intimidate the highest judicial offices in the country in
order to protect himself from getting an adverse judgment in his pending corruption trials.

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