The Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh on 26.05.2020 initiated Suo Moto contempt proceedings and thereby issued Rule Nisi against 49 individuals including YSR Congress Lok Sabha member Nandigam Suresh and party leader and former MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan for using abusive language and intimidating several Hon’ble Supreme Court and High Court Judges.
The order was passed in response to numerous emails and messages received by the Hon’ble High Court from 22.05.2020 to 24.05.2020 which consisted of speeches, interviews and social media postings wherein several individuals including YSR Congress Lok Sabha member Nandigam Suresh and party leader and former MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan attributed motives, caste and corruption allegations against some of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and High Court Judges.
As per the order, facts mentioned in the material revealed against the Hon’ble judges were fabricated and incited hatred against them. Furthermore, Mr. Nandigama Suresh in his live speech from the YCP office had accused Hon’ble High Court Judge, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu of corruption and questioned him on knowing the verdict of one of the cases 10 minutes prior to the pronouncement and even demanded an enquiry for the same.
Terming the incident to be a conspiracy against the image of the Hon’ble Courts and Hon’ble Judges, Chief Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari and Justice C. Praveen Kumar stated that the content received by them amounted to contempt for trying to scandalise and lower down the image of judges.
Reports regarding similar matters were lodged by the Registrar General for posting abusive and intimidatory material against Hon’ble Justice Satyanarayana Murthi.
Pronouncing the said order, the Hon’ble Coram issued Rule Nisi against the identified accused and thereby also directed the State Government to identify the remaining 8 unidentified men and apprise the Hon’ble Court about the same latest by 16.06.2020.
Notices were directed to be served via email, WhatsApp or any other mode to all the accused. Furthermore, the Respondents/Accused were asked to either appear in person or through an advocate to show cause as to why the contempt case shouldn’t be admitted, failing to which the decision would be taken ex-parte.
The next hearing for the abovementioned matter is on 16.06.2020.