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Justice Reddy resigns as Lokayukta within 7 months

 

Justice Sudarshan Reddy, Goa’s first Lokayukta, has resigned within seven months.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar told media today that his resignation has been accepted.

He has cited ‘personal reasons’ as the ground for his resignation.

Rumours and predictions however have already started making rounds over Justice Reddy’s resignation.

After getting sworn in on 16 March and making Lokayukta functional from April, Justice Reddy had started probing some major issues of corruption in Goa.

Major among it was the case of illegal mining, referred by the government.

The Lokayukta was also probing into the alleged recruitment scandal, during the tenure of Vishwajeet Rane, in the agriculture and health departments.

Justice Reddy has also sought statements of assets of all the MLAs, which three legislators – Vishnu Wagh and Anant Shet from the BJP and Babu Kavalekar from the Congress – had failed to comply with.

As social activist Aires Rodrigues had challenged Justice Reddy’s process of appointment, he has sent digital sms to all, stating that the matter was to come up before Supreme Court next week.

His petition was already rejected by the High Court earlier.

Justice Reddy also was caught up in a controversy over the separation of Telengana state, during his recent visit to Andhra Pradesh.

YSR Congress had filed a police complaint against him at Nellore IV Town police station for his alleged derogatory comments over Seemandhra agitation.

The complaint had stated that Justice Reddy had allegedly threatened the Seemandhra people with Mahabharata-like bitter experiences if they go ahead with the Samaikyandhra movement. 

67-year old Justice Reddy retired as a Supreme Court judge on 8 July 2011.

Before taking over as the judge of the apex court on 12 January 2007, Justice Reddy was the chief justice of the Gauhati high court since 5 December 2005.

He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh high court since 2 May 1995.

He was enrolled as Advocate at Hyderabad with the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh on 27 December 1971. 

He has practiced in Writ and Civil matters in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. 

He worked as Government Pleader in the High Court during 1988-90. 

He also worked as Additional Standing Counsel for Central Government for a period of 6 months during 1990. 

He worked as Legal Adviser and Standing Counsel for Osmania University. 

 


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