Suspended tourism MD moves Telangana High Court over delay – The New Indian Express

from Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The Telangana High Court has decided to hear a plea filed by Boinpally Manohar Rao, former managing director (MD) of the Telangana tourism department, challenging the government’s recent decision to extend his suspension by an additional two weeks. The plea was filed amid an ongoing controversy over the non-revocation of Manohar Rao’s suspension even as the court directed the government to take a final decision.

Manohar Rao was removed from office on 17 November 2023, following the directions of the Election Commission of India, after he accompanied former tourism minister V Srinivas Goud to Tirumala on 16 November, thereby violating the model code of conduct. He then approached the Supreme Court, which had in two previous cases ordered the government to decide on the suspension.

However, the government is yet to resolve the issue, prompting the Supreme Court to express displeasure during the previous hearing.

The government informed the court on Monday that it had decided to extend the suspension orders for another two weeks. Learning of this development, Manohar Rao’s counsel sought permission to implement the extended stay orders.

The court, recognizing the request, granted permission for the request and scheduled a hearing for January 10.

HC seeks fresh status report on Golconda Golf Course

A judge of the Telangana High Court on Monday took up a long-pending PIL expressing concern over the alleged damage to the historic Golconda Fort and Naya Quila Talab (lake) in Golconda. A bench comprising Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Anil Kumar Jukanti heard arguments from both the petitioner’s counsel and the counsel appearing for the golf course.

The petitioner’s counsel submitted that large areas were adversely affected during the construction of the Golconda Golf Course. Pointing out that the fort is a protected monument, the lawyer argued that while the state government can undertake archaeological activities, destroying the monument for a golf course is unacceptable.

“Golkonda Fort is not just a structure; it is a symbol of our historical heritage. People strive to preserve its integrity, and the creation of a golf course leads to the deterioration and alteration of this significant historical structure,” argued the lawyer.

In response, the lawyer representing the golf course informed the court that they have obtained permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for their activities, justifying the legality and compliance with the relevant regulations. After hearing the arguments, the bench directed the authorities involved to submit a fresh report on the status of the matter before the next hearing.

HC grants interim relief to former BRS MLA and son

Justice K Lakshman of the Telangana High Court directed the police concerned not to arrest the complainants Manchireddy Kishan Reddy, former BRS MLA from Ibrahimpatnam and his son Prasanth Reddy, who sought quashing of FIR proceedings filed against them. However, the court clarified that the ongoing investigation can continue and adjourned the petition till after the Sankranti vacations.

The former MLA and his son have filed a criminal review petition seeking quashing of proceedings in the December 22, 2023 FIR registered against them at the Ibrahimpatnam police station under Section 3(1)(r)(s) of the SC / ST Prevention of Atrocities Act along with the charges under Sections 504 and 506 of the IPC.

The petitioners alleged that the fake SC/ST case was filed against them with malicious intent by Kappari Sravanthi, Municipal Chairman of Ibrahimpatnam Municipality.

The complainant alleged that the petitioners insulted her in the name of her caste. The petitioners refuted these allegations, alleging that the complaint was politically motivated. After hearing the arguments, Justice Lakshman granted interim relief by restraining the authorities from making arrests.

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