A local court has sentenced former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao’s son Nandamuri Jayakrishna to six months’ simple imprisonment in connection with a 2015 cheque bounce case.
The tenth Special Magistrate court yesterday found Jayakrishna, proprietor of Rama Krishna theatre at Abids here, guilty under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.
After hearing the complainant and the accused, Special Magistrate K Raveendra Singh sentenced Jayakrishna to simple imprisonment for six months.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on him.
“The complainant is entitled to Rs 19 lakh out of the fine amount,” the special magistrate said.
The court said if Jayakrishna failed to pay the fine, he would have to undergo simple imprisonment for one more month.
Following requests from Jayakrishna’s counsel, the court suspended the sentence till October 5 and granted him bail on a surety of Rs 10,000 to enable him to appeal against the order in a higher court.
The complainant, G S Narsing Rao, said he had leased a canteen and parking place on the premises of Jayakrishna’s theatre on a monthly rental basis for 30 years.
He had given Rs 27 lakh towards security deposit.
“But Jayakrishna terminated the lease and agreed to return the security deposit of Rs 27 lakh.
“On June 15, 2015, he issued two cheques — one for Rs 19 lakh and another for Rs 8 lakh in favour of my client but both the cheques were dishonoured on grounds of insufficient funds,” Rao’s advocate S Someswar Rao said.
Subsequently, Rao filed a complaint in the court seeking refund of the deposit amount.
The Supreme Court today pulled up the governments of drought-hit states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka for not appointing state food commissions or making them operational.
A bench of Justices M B Lokur and N V Ramana, which had summoned the Chief Secretaries of ten states on the issue, directed that the state food commissions must be appointed as per the provisions of the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The apex court pulled up Madhya Pradesh government for not appointing the members of the commission so far and said the “state is following a new procedure for selecting members by way of advertisements”.
The bench’s observation came when the state’s chief secretary said they have issued a notification for appointment of the commission on April 11 and selection of its members through an advertisement.
“Under what provisions of law have you issued notification for selection of members of commission? Is it a new procedure Madhya Pradesh has been following or are you following the precedent? Do you issue advertisements for selection of Chief Secretary or other departmental secretaries or for that matter cabinet ministers,” the bench asked.
The Madhya Pradesh counsel said it was a matter of transparency and once the application from interested candidates are received, these will be sorted by a committee headed by Chief Secretary and then sent to the Chief Minister.
To this, the bench observed that it feels that the state was not serious about appointing the commission.
“There are ways to circumvent law and it is unfortunate that senior officials are doing this,” it said, directing the Chief Secretary to be present on the next date of hearing in July.
The order came on a plea filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan seeking reliefs for farmers in drought affected states.
With regard to Maharashtra, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the state said they had appointed five members of the commission but two members from SC/ST are yet to be appointed.
“This is extremely unfortunate that the deprived sections of society are being treated this way. You are not able to find two appropriate persons from the SC/ST community in the entire state,” the bench asked and directed Maharashtra Chief Secretary to appear before it again in the next hearing.
The apex court also pulled up Bihar government for not appointing two members of the commission, asking whether it thought that food for the people was not important.
“You have made appointment of five members. Why have you not made appointment of other two members till now? Do you think people of Bihar do not need food or do you think food for the people of Bihar is not important,” the bench said.
Bihar Chief Secretary said the appointment of the two other members will be done in two weeks and it was not done so far as no suitable candidates were found by the selection committee.
The apex court was told by Andhra Pradesh that though the selection committee has been constituted after the notification was issued on April 17 and the members of the commission will be appointed in six months.
Dissatisfied by the response, the bench asked the AP Chief Secretary also to be present on the next date of hearing and inform on the status of the food commission there.
The Chief Secretary of Karnataka government, who failed to appear, was directed by the bench to appear before it tomorrow.
With regard to Haryana, the apex court directed the Punjab and Haryana High Court to expeditiously decide a plea pending with it.
The bench, granted exemption to Chief Secretary of Chattisgarh due to the recent Naxal attack in which 25 CRPF jawans were killed and recorded that the commission has been appointed.
The bench also took on record the statements of chief secretaries of Gujarat, Jharkhand and Telangana that appointments to the state food commission have been done.
The hearing remained inconclusive and the bench posted the matter for tomorrow for further hearing on issues like MNREGA, crop loss, loan restructuring in the drought-hit states.
The apex court had on March 22, summoned the Chief Secretaries of ten such states for failing to implement the NFSA. It had said that with regard to the statute, the state governments have to appoint the food commission and cannot give a “go by to the statute enacted by the Parliament”.
The court had also impleaded the Reserve Bank of India as a party to the case as the guidelines issued for loan waiver and loan restructuring of farmers of drought-hit areas were not being implemented by the banks.
The PIL has claimed that parts of 12 states– Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana and Chhattisgarh — were hit by drought and the authorities were not providing adequate relief.
The petitioners had claimed before the court that the directions issued by it in the matter were not complied with by these states.
The Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, K M Joseph, who was recently in the news for quashing President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, has been transferred to the Andhra Pradesh High Court in Hyderabad.
Justice Joseph, who assumed charge as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand in July 2014, is an alumnus of the Government Law College in Ernakulam.
Meanwhile, acting Chief Justice of the Hyderabad High Court Dilip B Bhosale has been posted as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing till May 6 on the Centre’s plea against the Uttarakhand High Court’s order revoking President’s rule in the hill state.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the apex court that the Centre is seriously considering its suggestion to hold floor test in Uttarakhand. (ANI)
A top Maoist leader, accused in the murder case of former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 1999, was today produced before a local court which extended his judicial remand till September 15.
Maoist leader Akhilesh Jadhav was brought from Central Prison at Cherlapalli in Hyderabad and produced before Karimnagar Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate Azahar Hussain amid tight security at around 12.30 PM.
Jadav, another top Maoist leader Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi and 31 others are accused in the murder of former AP Assembly Speaker Duddilla Sripada Rao in 1999.
Based on a confessional statement made by one of the accused – Malla Raji Reddy – on January 1, 2008 at Karimnagar, the rural police had registered a case of murder against Muppala Laxman Rao as well as 32 others, including Akhilesh Jadhav, Kobad Ghandy, Varanasi Subrahmanyam, Amit Bagchi and Jaspal Singh, who are held in various prisons.
Among those yet to be arrested are Muppala Laxman Rao, Akkiraju Haragopal and Cherukuri Rajkumar while another accused Mallojula Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji was killed in a police encounter in West Bengal’s Jangal Mahal region on November 24, 2011.
Malla Raji Reddy, who made the confessional statement, was granted bail and has been absconding since then. Another Maoist leader Pramod Mishra, also accused in the murder case, was released on bail earlier this year.
Meanwhile, another accused Janthu Mukherjee, who was granted bail recently on a condition to appear before the Station House Officer, Karimnagar Rural, appealed in the court to relax the condition as he had to undergo treatment in Kerala for his ailments.
While modifying the condition, the court directed Janthu to appear before the said police station once in every three months.
The court adjourned the hearing in the case to September 15.
The Khammam police in Andhra Pradesh took Amway India CEO William Scott Pinckney into custody today following registration of a case against the direct selling company.
Amway is facing nine criminal cases at various places in Andhra Pradesh.
A court in Kurnool district also rejected Pinckney’s bail petition and granted his five-day remand to Kurnool police while the Punjagutta police registered yet another case against him.
Howver, before Kurnool police could take his custody, the Khammam Police obtained a production warrant from a court in Khammam and furnished it to the Kadapa jail authorities this evening. A complaint has been filed against Amway by one G Rama Rao in Khammam.
“We have taken him (Pinckney) into custody from Kadapa prison….He will be produced before a court in Khammam district,” a senior police official told PTI late this evening.
Kurnool Superintendent of Police (SP) Raghurami Reddy said they will seek Pinckney’s custody from Khammam police by producing the Kurnool court’s order. “We may lose one day (of custodial interrogation period) in this process,” he said.
“The police were permitted to take him (Pinckney) into five-day custody from tomorrow (by Kurnool court). It (the Amway business) is going on for the past several years. We need to find out the details about the company’s revenues and mode of operations,” the police official told PTI over phone from Kurnool.
Responding to a complaint alleging financial irregularities in Amway’s operations, Pinckney was arrested in Gurgaon by the Kurnool Police. He was produced before a court
yesterday which sent him to Kadapa district jail on a judicial remand.
Meanwhile, a complaint of cheating was registered against Amway in Punjagutta police station in Hyderabad by a local organisation today, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) V Satyanarayana.
“The matter has been forwarded to the legal cell seeking its opinion as no victim has come forward with regard to the complaint….the victim has to come forward and tell about the alleged wrongful loss caused by the multi-marketing business run by the company,” he said.
Amway faces criminal complaints in Guntur, Vijayawada, Prakasam, Khammam, Warangal and Medak. In addition, there are three cases in Hyderabad.
According to police, the CID had registered a criminal case against Amway in 2006. The company approached High Court seeking a declaration that its marketing scheme does not fall under the provisions of `The Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978′.
But the HC held that the scheme is an illegal `Money Circulation Scheme’ and falls within the definition of mischief as described in the Act.
The company got no relief from the Supreme Court either, as per the police.
Bail to former Andhra Pradesh Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao has been granted by a special CBI court, Mopidevi is an accused in disproportionate assets case involving YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, to enable him to go on Sabarimala pilgrimage.
The court allowed Mopidevi an interim bail for 10-days from December 24 to January 2 to enable him to visit Sabarimala for darshan of Lord Ayyappa at his own expenses along with an escort consisting of one CBI constable.
Mopidevi, who is under judicial remand and lodged in Chanchalguda jail since his arrest by CBI on May 24, had earlier moved the court stating he was in Ayyappa Diksha and required to go to Sabarimala for darshan of Lord Ayyappa.
An ardent devotee of Lord Ayyappa has submitted the petition and visiting Sabarimala since 1995 and requested the court to grant him an interim bail to visit Sabarimala and other religious places en route.
The court while further directing Mopidevi to surrender before it on January 3, asked him to submit two sureties of Rs 25,000 each towards the interim bail.
He was also told not to meddle with investigation, not to threaten, induce or make any promise to any person related to the case.
The CBI had earlier alleged Mopidevi, Minister for Infrastructure and Investments during YSR regime, approved the Cabinet memorandum containing proposals for awarding of a construction project by withholding important aspects related to it such as total extent of land required for the project.
However, the former minister had contended he was falsely implicated in the case and entire processing of the files were done in routine course of business of the Ministry and he dealt with transactions in a bona-fide manner in line with approvals by the then Chief Minister (late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy) and the Cabinet.
According to CBI, industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad, a promoter of the project, got nearly 24,000 acres of land sanctioned by AP government for the project as quid-pro-quo for investments made by him in Jagan’s businesses when late Y S Reddy was the Chief Minister.
In Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district upheld the seven-year sentence awarded to two men for attempting to assassinate former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
The fourth district court of Chittoor, however, struck down the lower court’s order sentencing Maoist leader Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar and gelatin stick trader Gangi Reddy to seven-year jail due to lack of evidence against them .
The court upheld the seven-year sentence of the other two accused, Ramaswamy Reddy and Nagarjuna, both gelatin stick traders.
In October 2010, the additional senior civil judge sentenced all the four to seven years in prison, but they challenged the sentence in the higher court.
Naidu, then chief minister, his ministerial colleague B. Gopalakrishna Reddy and two legislators were injured as Maoists triggered a Claymore mine blast at Alipiri in 2003, when they were on their way to the famous Hindu temple at Tirupati to make offerings to the deity.
The convoy of Naidu had come under an attack, meticulously planned by Maoists. However, the TDP chief survived with minor injuries.
Though the prosecution named 33 persons as accused in the case, only four could be arrested. Some of the accused, including top Maoist leader and prime accused Patel Sudhakar Reddy, were killed in alleged gun battles with police while others remain as yet untraced.
Sudhakar Reddy, believed to be the mastermind behind the attack on Naidu, was killed by police in an exchange of fire in Warangal district in 2009.
Suspended district judge of Hyderabad small causes court Lakshmi Narasimha Rao made a blast in Cash for bail scam, in his confessional statement, said Gali Janardhana Reddy’s men were in fact ready to spend even Rs 100 crore as against Rs 10 crore or Rs 20 crore reported earlier, who is currently implicated in the Obulapuram mining scam. He told the Anti-Corruption Bureau(ACB) authorities that Janardhana Reddy’s relative, Dasaratharami Reddy, offered him Rs 100 crore and the offer motivated him to start trials.
The ACB has ample proof to substantiate that initially, the proposal was placed before CBI judge Naga Maruti Sharma through Rao in cash- for- bail scam. However, Sharma, who was the principal judge at the CBI special court then, rejected the proposal. A petition was filed by Gali Janardhana Reddy to allow Sharma hear his case even after the AP high courtshuffled the CBI special court judges.
After Sharma’s transfer, Pattabhi Rama Rao came to the post. Soon, Prabhakara Rao was sent to clinch a deal with him on the bail issue. Pattabhi Rama Rao rejected the deal. He, however, agreed when approached through retired judge and his childhood friend Chalapati Raoin cash- for- bail scam.
Meanwhile, the ACB authorities raided Lakshmi Narasimha Rao’s house and seized cheques worth Rs 82 lakh. They already obtained a confessional statement from him on July 11. Arguments on the ACB’s petition for custody of Lakshmi Narasimha Rao and mediator Surya Prakash concluded on Friday. The court has posted its decision to Saturday.
In case of legal aid to ministers the AP High Courtdenied from entertaining and adjudicating a writ petition filed challenging the State government’s order to provide financial assistance to Ministers who have been served notices by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme court had ordered notice to six ministers seeking explanation why the petition filed, seeking a direction to initiate action against them for their alleged role in issuing the controversial Government Orders connected to illegal assets case pertaining to Kadapa Member of Parliament Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, should not be entertained.
The Andhra government issued funds to the legal battle of these ministers which was challenged through a writ petition filed by O.M. Debara.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice Vilas Afzalpurkartook note of the fact that the matter was pending in the Supreme Court and said this was not the appropriate stage to review the Andhra government’s decision.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday directed the state government not to release water from Nagarjuna Sagar to Krishna delta if the water level in the reservoir is below 510 feet.
According to the order the government will have to stop release of water from the dam in Telangana to the downstream districts in coastal Andhra at a time when leaders of the two regions were sparring over the issue.
A division bench passed interim orders on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a retired irrigation chief engineer V. Venkat Reddy and 10 others, seeking directions to the government to maintain dead storage level in Nagarjuna Sagar.
The court asked the government to file a counter and adjourned the hearing by two weeks.
The petitioners alleged that the government is releasing water to the Krishna delta though the water level in the project is below the dead storage level of 510 feet. They argued that water release to the delta would severely affect the drinking water supply to Nalgonda and Hyderabad.
The court orders come in after protests by some parties in Telangana over release of water to Krishna delta, comprising Krishna, Guntur and Prakasamdistricts in coastal Andhra.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)and other parties in Telangana were strongly opposing the release of water to Krishna delta without meeting the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the Telangana region.
Nagarjuna Sagar across the Krishna river is located in Nalgonda district and several districts in the Telangana region and the Krishna delta in coastal Andhra depend on it for irrigation and drinking water needs.
The water level is alarmingly low in the reservoir this year due to insufficient rains upstream.
However, the government has been releasing half tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water on daily basis since July 3 to save crops in the delta. It has decided to release 15 tmcft to Prakasam barrage at Vijayawada.
Krishna delta is considered the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh and officials say paddy crop over 1.3 million acres needs water in June and July.