HYDERABAD: In a significant development, Congress MLAs Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and SA Sampath Kumar, whose expulsion from the Assembly was struck down by the High Court, filed a contempt petition in the court on Tuesday against state government’s law secretary V Niranjan Rao and legislative Assembly secretary V Narasimhacharyulu for “deliberately not implementing the order passed by a single judge in April”.
On April 17 this year, justice B Siva Sankara Rao, while allowing the petition filed by Komatireddy and Sampath challenging their expulsion from the membership of the Assembly, ruled that their expulsion by the Assembly was invalid on the ground that the principles of natural justice were not followed. The judge granted relief to them by setting aside the expulsion order of the Assembly and a gazette notification issued by the government notifying vacancy of Assembly membership from the Nalgonda and Alampur (SC) constituencies.
The judge had made it clear that the order would result in automatic restoration and revival of the petitioners’ membership of the Assembly for their continuation for their remaining tenure as duly elected MLAs. When the authorities concerned failed to implement the order till date, the two now filed the contempt petition. Komatireddy and Sampath said in their contempt petition that the single judge’s order had become final since no appeal was filed against it within 30 days.