Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the alleged comments and posts on social media by the leaders of the ruling YSR Congress Party, including Legislative Assembly Speaker Thammineni Seetharam, on some judges, and submit its report in eight weeks. In a judgment of far-reaching consequences, a Division Bench of the AP High Court, comprising Justices Rakesh Kumar and J Uma Devi passed the order.

The AP High Court has given liberty to the CBI to register a fresh FIR, if necessary, and expressed displeasure on the alleged inaction of the AP government departments concerned on a complaint lodged by the then Registrar-General of the High Court, while questioning the reason for the eagerness with which the objectionable remarks made on elected representatives of the ruling YSR Congress party were acted upon. The Bench observed that the CBI had better resources at its command to dig out the facts.

Advocate-General S Sriram conceded to the order saying that he would not object if the court did not cast any aspersions on the government or the CID on the posts against the judges.

The court stated that the circumstances under which the Judges of AP High Court were targeted needed to be investigated thoroughly as such personal attacks were an affront to the judicial wing of democracy. It may be recalled that the YSRCP leaders attributed motives to the judges for the orders issued by them in diverse matters which included the three capitals.

The AP High Court on Monday reserved the orders on various interlocutory applications filed in the writ petitions challenging the trifurcation of the capital of Andhra Pradesh with the executive capital in Vizag, the judiciary capital in Kurnool and the legislative capital in Amaravati. The High Court said that the daily hearing on the writ petitions will commence from 2 November.

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