Vishakapatnam: In a major set back to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy led Andhra Pradesh government, the High Court on Friday, struck down the Ordinance and Government Orders in regard to State Election Commissioner. The High Court directed the AP government to reinstate Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as State Election Commissioner ( SEC).
It is to remember that, AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy through an ordinance, abruptly removed State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar from the post by promulgating an Ordinance. It was done by amending the AP Panchayat Raj Act, 1994. The act trimmed the tenure of the SEC to three years from five.
A day after the ordinance, Justice V Kanagaraj, a retired judge of the Madras High Court assumed charge as the State Election Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh. The development took with the promulgation of an Ordinance amending Section 200 of the AP Panchayat Raj Act, 1994, leading to the removal of incumbent SEC N Ramesh Kumar. As a result of this, N Ramesh Kumar, moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Meanwhile following the HC order, Former SEC, N Ramesh Kumar issued a statement saying, he has resumed charge."After the High Court has reinstated me,I have resumed charge.I will discharge my duties fairly and impartially as I did in the past and as mandated.In consultation with the principal stake holders and all the political parties, I wish to resume electoral process to the local bodies at the earliest on return of normalcy.
He further added, "Individuals are not permanent.But constitutional institutions and the values they represent alone are permanent in the end .Those who have taken an oath of office to protect constitution , have a greater responsibility to continue to protect and safeguard these institutions and their integrity