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Telangana High Court suspends Judge who directed Police to register FIR against CEC

The High Court of Telangana has reportedly suspended a special sessions judge, who directed the State Police to register a first information report (FIR) against Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar.

The High Court observed that the actions of judge K. Jaya Kumar were driven by undue haste since he acted without a preliminary enquiry and without recording the complainant’s statement.

As per a media report, the suspension was initiated after a complaint was filed with the High Court by a senior official from the Election Commission.

Jaya Kumar is a special judge hearing cases concerning Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MPs and MLAs).

The Sessions Judge had ordered the registration of an FIR against the CEC based on a private complaint alleging that Telangana Excise Minister V. Srinivas Goud, an MLA from Mahabubnagar, had concealed certain facts in his election affidavit.

An FIR was lodged on August 11 against Goud, CEC and several other officials after an order passed by Jaya Kumar.

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