HC asks CS to submit AT R on allotment of houses

Hyderabad, July 31: A division bench of the AP High Court comprising Justice G Raghuram and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Friday granted two weeks time to the chief secretary to submit an ATR on the construction and allotment of 70 houses under the Indiramma Housing scheme in a green belt area at Pendurti in Visakhapatnam. The bench is dealing with a writ petition filed by Vennela Sanyasi Naidu challenging the allotment as being in violation of the master-plan and zoning regulations.

When the state advocate general DV Sitarama Murthy informed the bench that the said houses were already allotted and occupied, Justice Raghuram said “You’ve created the mess. Now clear it.” The judge also advised the government to “apply the guillotine at all levels and restore sanity”. The bench directed the government to identify all the officers responsible in identifying land, submitting and approving the proposals and also the proposed action against them for failure in implementing the programme without due diligence.

VCAN Network plea dismissed

Justice G Raghuram and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Friday dismissed writ petitions filed by VCAN Network, Gemini Techno Marketing and others questioning the application of the AP Price Chit Money and Circulation Scheme Act. The bench speaking through Justice Ramesh Ranganathan rejected the plea of the petitioners that their activities in circular marketing did not amount to money circulation and also that the amounts paid were only an incentive for those who worked. Justice Ramesh Ranganathan referred to a judgment of the court in the AMWAY matter and dismissed the writ petition.

Warrant against Union Home ministry official

Justice Nooty Ram Mohan Rao of the AP High Court on Friday issued a bailable warrant against AK Goel, joint secretary, working with the Union Home Ministry.

K Rami Reddy and three widows of freedom-fighters complained to the court of non-payment of pension under the Swatantra Sainik Sanman Pension. The pension was suspended in 2002 on the ground that the state government was carrying out certain investigations. In May 2008 the judge directed the official to complete the investigation and affect the payment within three months.

When it was brought to the notice of the judge that despite the march of time the erring official had failed to implement the court order.

Justice Ram Mohan Rao further directed the Registrar of the High Court to execute the warrant by September