Fresh move to impeach Justice Nagarjuna Reddy
Over 60 members of the Rajya Sabha, cutting across party lines, have submitted a motion seeking initiation of impeachment proceedings against Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy of the High Court for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
This is the second attempt by members of the upper house of Parliament to remove Justice Nagarjuna Reddy.
Allegations against the judge include interfering in the judicial process in several cases; and caste slurs including death threats against a Dalit Junior Civil Judge Sanku Rama Krishna at the courts in Rayachoti, a town in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa district. Rayachoti is also Justice Nagarjuna Reddy’s home town.
Pavan Reddy, brother of Justice Nagarjuna Reddy set his domestic help on fire in a fit of rage, leading to his death on November 20, 2012. This, he said was because Ramanjulu, Pavan Reddy’s domestic help refused to cooperate in a cover up of the use of a Forest Department vehicle for smuggling sandalwood. The dying declaration narrated by Ramanjulu to Rama Krishna accessed by a Guntur-based non-profit under RTI shows it was recorded around 8 p.m. on November 20, 2012 at the Government Area Hospital, Rayachoti. Rama Krishna claimed that Justice Reddy called him ten days later demanding that he drop his brother’s name from the dying declaration.
Justice Nagarjuna Reddy’s brother Pavan Kumar Reddy has been the Additional Public Prosecutor at the District Courts at Rayachoti, the former’s home town, for over a decade now.
Five Main Allegations Against Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy:
1. Misused his position as HC judge to ‘victimize’ a ‘Dalit’ Judge
The impeachment motion describes the allegation made by Mr. RamaKrishna, formerly Principal Junior Civil Judge, Rayachoty, Kadapa District, currently under suspension, that he was forced by Justice C.V.Nagarjuna Reddy to remove the name of Mr. Pavan Kumar Reddy who happens to be the brother of Justice Reddy, from a dying declaration recorded by
Mr. Rama Krishna when he was posted as Magistrate in Rayachoty. He alleged that Justice Reddy had summoned him to his home and when he refused to remove the name of his brother from the dying declaration, he kicked him with his shoes and abused his caste.
2. Charges of Dalit atrocity against spouse, daughter and brother
Another incident of alleged Dalit atrocity pertaining to the registration of an FIR by the ‘Dalit’ tenants against Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy’s wife and daughter, is also mentioned. There also allegations that Mr. Pavan Kumar Reddy commits these various atrocities against the Dalits community under the protective banner of his brother, Justice C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy’s influence
3. Disproportionate income
The motion also alleges that Justice Reddy abused his position to amass several movable and immovable properties crores of rupees disproportionate to his known sources of income.
4. Non-Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities
Yet another allegation against Justice Reddy is that he has not disclosed his assets and liabilities in violation of the Code of Conduct that mandates declaration of assets of oneself and dependents by all the judges.
5. Misconduct when he was an Advocate
It is also mentioned in the impeachment motion that Justice Reddy committed misconduct while he was working as standing Counsel, for the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
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