Vijayawada : The legal battle between Andhra High Court and the ruling YSR Congress Party seems to have intensified with the Central Bureau of Investigation filing 12 criminal cases against 17 persons for promoting enmity and transmitting obscene material in electronic form.

The investigating agency following the orders of the High court has booked D Konda Reddy, Mani Annapureddy, Sudheer Pamula, Adarsh Reddy, Abhishek Reddy, Siva Reddy, A Sridhar Reddy, J Venkata Satya Narayana, G Sridhar Reddy, Linga Reddy, Chandu Reddy, Srinath Suswaram, Kishore Reddy, Chiranjeevi, K Gowtham.

The case dates back when the Andhra Pradesh High Court had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate into abusive posts on social media and alleged derogatory statements made by few people in power and YSR Congress party leaders against the state judiciary.

To recall, cases were initially registered by the AP Cyber Crime wing based on a complaint filed by Registrar General of Andhra HC, B Rajasekhar. He had alleged that key personnel who are occupying posts of prominence in the state of Andhra Pradesh are intentionally targeting judges. They allegedly spoke of caste and corrupt against few Supreme Court and High Court judges in delivering orders/judgments.

The posts are abusive, life threatening and intimidating judges, the petitioner said.

A division bench of the High Court, comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice J Uma Devi, remarked that since Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the state police had failed to take appropriate action against those who had made derogatory comments against the judiciary, the investigation was entrusting to CBI.

On October 8, the High Court concluded the arguments on a petition filed by the registrar general stating that the CID had not taken any steps on complaints over derogatory posts against judges on social media platforms.

The court had observed that the CID had filed FIR only on a few social media activists, though more than 90 people had been found to have made abusive comments against the judiciary for delivering judgements against the state government.

However weeks later, the CBI filed 12 criminal case against 17 people for Intentionally provoking, promoting enmity, hatred, criminal intimidation and publishing obscene material in electronic media.

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