Contempt case against Jagan government?

The Andhra Pradesh state high court, which rapped the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Dr Sudhakar case and also in suspension of former intelligence chief A B Venkateshwar Rao, found fault with the government in yet another case on Friday.

It was on continuation of YSR Congress party colours on the gram panchayat buildings despite the earlier orders given by the high court and Supreme Court.

The court also quashed the government order (GO Ms No. 623) on painting of colours to the gram panchayat offices.

The high court wondered why the government had issued the GO on painting the government buildings despite the earlier orders and sought to know why a contempt court should not be filed against the government.

Seeking an explanation from the panchayat raj secretary and chief secretary in this regard, the court asked the Registrar of High Court to start the procedure for a contempt case against the government by May 28, if the government doesn’t take any decision in this regard.

The high court had earlier raised objections to the painting of government buildings with the YSRC party colours and said it should not be done.

In an attempt to follow the HC orders, the government ordered that a terracotta colour be added to the border of the buildings, so that it should not appear like a YSRC colour.

This was once again challenged in the high court, stating that the government had not removed the party colours, but only added another colour to it.