Hyderabad: Telangana High Court issued bailable warrants against two bureaucrats on Friday while hearing a contempt of court case filed by former Congress legislators Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and Sampath Kumar in regard to their suspension from the state Assembly last year.
The Additional Advocate General (AAG) for the Telangana government, J Ramachandra Rao, representing them made some objectionable comments in the court.
Assembly Secretary V. Narasimha Charyulu and Law Secretary V. Niranjan Rao have been issued bailable warrants by the Court. During the hearing, the Court questioned the reason behind the legislators' absence to which the lawyer responded with, ‘What nonsense?’ adding that the Court was not allowing him to complete his arguments.
The Court, in its order, made it clear that the officials need to be present in court and issued a bailable warrant. The court even pointed out the non-implementation of the earlier court order revoking the suspension.
The Hyderabad Police have been directed to implement the Court order until each official furnishes a personal bond of Rs 10,000. The two officials have been asked to appear before the court on February 15.
The two Congress legislators were suspended from the Telangana Assembly in March last year by the then-Speaker for indulging in unruly activities during the Governor's address. While the suspension was revoked by a single bench judge, the order was challenged by the state government and the case went on to the Telangana High Court for the final decision.
During this hearing, the AAG sought more time and when Justice B Siva Sankara Rao refused to grant more adjournments further insisting on the presence of the two officials, he said, "What is the insistence for the respondents to appear? Are the heavens falling down?”