HYDERABAD: Justice MS Ramachandra Rao of the Hyderabad High Court Friday suspended an order passed by the Prakasam district collector disqualifying Eedara Haribabu as the Zilla Praja Parishad chairman and also from his membership from Ponnaluru ZPTC.
Eedara Haribabu, who won as ZPTC member on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ticket from Ponnaluru, was elected the ZP chairman with the support of YSR Congress ZPTC members and the district collector / presiding officer disqualified him following a complaint from the TDP that the latter had violated the party whip during the ZP chairman elections held on July 13.
Haribabu approached the High Court and the latter refused to intervene in the matter and suggested to him to avail of remedy available under the AP Panchayat Raj Act.
Haribabu then moved a plea before the I Additional District Sessions Judge, Ongole, challenging the appointment of T Venkat Narasimham as the TDP whip. The District Court granted an interim order upholding the appointment of the whip and then Haribabu moved the High Court again.
After hearing the case, Justice Ramachandra Rao held that the contentions in two petitions by the petitioner satisfied the parameters of interference in the case and accordingly allowed them and the order of the I Additional district sessions judge are quashed.
While suspending the orders of the collector, the judge directed the lower court to dispose of the petitioner’s pleas pending before it within six months in accordance with law and uninfluenced by any of the previous orders passed by the courts in these cases.