Hyderabad: A two-judge panel of the Telangana High Court, comprising Acting Chief Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice K Lakshmanan, on Friday reserved orders in a case pertaining to Hyderabad Cricket Association. Mohd Azharuddin, cricketer and politician, filed the case challenging the interim order of the single judge. The single judge of the court had suspended the July 4 order of former judge Deepak Verma in his capacity as ombudsman of the Association. Justice Verma disqualified office bearers of the Association including vice-president K John Manoj. The controversy involved in the matter is that appointment of Ombudsman would be subject to the approval of annual general meeting of the Apex Council. Justice Verma asserted his appointment as Ombudsman-cum-ethics-officer though there was no resolution of the office bearers to that effect according to John Manoj who filed the writ petition. The AGM held on March 28 proposed to appoint Justice Nisar Ahmed Kakru (Retd,) Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, as Ombudsman and Justice T Meena Kumari (retd,) of the AP High Court, as ethics officer and the same was supported by way of secret ballot, said John Manoj. The court observed that there is a serious allegation levelled against Justice Verma as favouring and protecting Azharuddin, Association president, since he took initiative for appointing the said judge as Ombudsman. The panel reserved the case for orders to be pronounced on Monday.
Justice K Lakshman directed the High Court Registry to post together the writ petitions and contempt case filed by Yadamakanti Rosi Reddy. The petitioner, Congress leader, filed the case challenging the withdrawal of his security by the Special Security Review Committee. The court order directing to stay the withdrawal was violated by the Home Department, the petitioner said in the contempt case. The government pleader said according to the review committee, the politician does not have threat necessitating the need to provide security. He said the petitioner belongs to the Congress and that he was also a member of CPI party at one time. The judge will hear them after two weeks.
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