The Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon decided not to give urgent listing for tomorrow to hear a plea seeking Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) verification at the beginning of counting of EVM votes instead of doing so after the counting. Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana said let the established practice of counting go on.
In this matter, last year, the Andhra Pradesh High Court issued interim orders on an application filed by Dammalapati Srinivas, hours after the State Anti-Corruption Bureau filed a case against him & 12 others for insider trading in Amaravati under the Prevention of Corruption Act & sections of the IPC.
The High Court in Hyderabad in 2016 had dismissed a complaint filed by Ramakrishna Reddy seeking an investigation into Naidu’s alleged role in the cash-for-vote case on the ground that Reddy had no locus standi to file such an application.
The growing and steady barrage of ad hominem public attacks on sitting senior judges reveal how the Supreme Court has become an arena for target practice by politicians and opportunists from within and outside.