Special reservations issue: HC grants TS more time to respond

The writ appeal is filed by Telangana State Level Police Recruitment Board challenging an interim order granted by a single judge of the court in favour of one Sheik kareem Pasha

By Author  |   Legal Correspondent  |  Published: 2nd Jul 2020  11:54 pm
Special reservations

Hyderabad: A two judge panel of the Telangana High court comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Abhishek Reddy Reddy on Thursday granted time to the State government to respond in a writ plea dealing with recruitment to Special Categories under the Telangana State Level Police Recruitment.

The writ appeal is filed by Telangana State Level Police Recruitment Board challenging an interim order granted by a single judge of the court in favour of one Sheik kareem Pasha.

According to the Appellant the reservations in respect of Special Categories are applicable only in respect of the candidate belonging to the State of Telangana and the writ petitioner is not a person from Telangana and as such he is not entitled to reservation under the special category.

The counsel for the Respondent Shushant Reddy contended that children of Special Protection Force are to be treated separately under the special categories as per the notification and the orders relied upon by the Board are incorrect and local reservation rule is not applicable to the said category. The panel granted time to the writ petitioner to file his response to the appeal and to the government to file its documents. The matter is now posted to July 10.

No relief for Potluri Vara Prasad

Justice T Vinod Kumar of the Telangana High Court refused to interdict the police in investigating multiple cases now against YSRCP functionary Potluri Vara Prasad and his wife. The wife of the YSRCP leader filed a writ petition complaining that though there was no criminal case against her, she was being harassed by the police.

The court faulted the counsel instructing former Andhra Pradesh Advocate General Dammalapati Srinivas who had represented the alleged continued ‘house arrest’ of the petitioner by the police when there was no case against her. To the uninitiated, the YSRCP functionary is said to have barged into the property of a person and demolished certain structures. The police have now filed a case against them when the inmates of the house had let loose ferocious dogs on the team of policemen who had visited his house to issue a notice as required under Section 41 A of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Justice Vinod Kumar wondered how the deponent could sign an affidavit on June 29 if she was being detained in the house on the said date. The court voiced displeasure at the counsels misrepresenting the ‘dire urgency’. He also said that as the cause itself did not survived, he would normally have dismissed the petition. However, since it was alleged that copies of the complaint was not served on her, he was directing the police to supply a copy. The Government Pleader drew the court’s attention to how the family members were letting loose ferocious dogs on them, the judge made clear that the police will then act in accordance with law.

In a separate but connected development, P Vara Prasad moved an application to quash a criminal case against him. Justice P Keshava Rao issued directions saying that no coercive steps should be taken pending further orders.

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