Thursday, February 17, 2011

Srikrishna report full of blatant lies: HC judge

Hyderabad: Justice L Narasimha Reddy of AP High Court on Thursday described the ‘secret’ contents of the Srikrishna Committee as full of lies and mind-boggling descriptions of non-existentthings.“Itisunfortunatethatthis report andits related exercise was presidedover by a former judge of the SC,” he told additional solicitor general M Raveendran. 
   The issue came up when the judge was hearing a petition filed by former Congress MP M Narayan Reddy challenging that the chapter 8 of the Srikrishna committee report, which was submitted by the panel to the Centre in a sealed envelope, be made public.
   “This committee has spent Rs 40 crore of public money for preparing its report. The report preparedby thefrontofficeof an MP would have been more sensible than this report. Even the high command of a political party would have hesitated to prepare such a report,” the judge noted.
   “Iwillbefailing in my duty if I do not ask for making it public. It is disgraceful for a former Supreme Court judge to do this kind of work,” the judge noted and madeitclear thatthe report should be made public because only then “will the people come to know of the kind of committeeswehave and quality of their jobs.”
   “They conclude that (if the idea of Telangana state is realised) a particular group holding a particular view point would have its say here. These are nonexistent things. When everything is calm, they speak of such things. Whatever be the final decision of the political executive basing on the outcome of this committee’s exercise, there is a need for the people to know the kind of committees we have,” the justice said.
   The judge’s observations came after the additional solicitor general handed over the chapter 8 of the Srikrishna Committee report in a sealed cover to him and said that since the Government of India was of the opinion that it should not be made public, the court alone wouldbe privy toit andthat a report that was based on intelligence reports cannot be made public, he said.
   The judge posted the case to March 3 for further hearing and in the meantime directed the Centre to file its counter.

Chaos in AP assembly over ‘T’, guv heckled
Hyderabad: The movement for separate Telangana took an untoward turn in Andhra Pradesh legislature on Thursday with lawmakers supporting demand heckling Governor ESL Narasimhan and manhandling two legislators opposed to the demand in the assembly complex. On a day when over 300,000 government employees in Telangana are demanding a separate state, the legislature witnessed unprecedented chaos when the governor was addressing a joint sitting of the two houses on the first day of the budget session. Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) members tried to snatch papers from the governor's hands and uproot mikes, forcing him to cut short his customary address to the state legislature. IANS

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