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Order of the State Election Commission Directing the House Arrest of Minister Stayed by Andra Pradesh HC

Lawstreet Journal 9 Feb 2021 8:45pm

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The order of the Election Commission of the State of Andra Pradesh directing the house arrest of  P. Ramachandra Reddy who holds the State Ministry  for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Mines and Geology has been stayed by the Andhra High Court. 

In a rare incident that occurred on the 6th February,2021,  the Andra Pradesh State  Election Commission had issued orders against the state minister,confining him in his residential homeand restraining him from speaking to the press for a period of 15 days uptill the completion of the election process that are due to conclude on 21.02.2021. 

The action by the Commission came as a reaction to the controversial remarksmade by Reddy in a pressconference dated 05.02.2021. Reddy had made remarks threatening to make a list of officers of the Commission who followed its directions  during the ongoing Panchayat elections and blacklist them for the period his Government is in power  However, the order did not bar him from exercising his constitutional duties and legitimate responsibilities that his post requires from him, seek medical aid etc.

The Minister filed a petition in the State High Court challenging the impugned order . He contented that the impugned order prohibiting him from leaving his house is violative of his rights under article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India. He further contended that the alleged threats made and the conclusions in the impugned order are disproportionate and that rules of natural justice are not followed and also referred to the decision in the… Continue Reading...

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