HC rejects SECs order against Kodali
This is a big relief for the minister for civil supplies Kodali Nani from high court of Andhrapradesh from the restrictions imposed by the state election commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh kumar. On Friday the high court has dismissed the orders given by SEC prohibiting from speaking to the media. A division bench of the high court led by Justice DVS Somayajulu, listened the arguments of both Kodali and Nimmagadda’s lawyers, ordered that the ministers could speak to the media and there are no restrictions. However, the high court bench ruled that Kodali should not make any adverse comments against the SEC or Nimmagadda or the election process. The counsel for the petitioner argued that SEC had the discretionary powers only in the conduct of the elections and he did not have powers to curtail the freedom of expression of an individual, especially a minister.
The counsel for Nimmagadda argued that a minister should respect the constitutional body like the SEC and should not make derogatory comments against the commissioner, since it would send a wrong message into the people that the SEC was ineffective. Actually Nani has been targeting the SEC and making some harsh comments on the election commissioner and always in the news with his statements. Finally the SEC has ordered the minister to not to speak with media. Later the minister approached the court and got favourable judgement.