Withdrawal of prosecution in statehood stir cases
The Election Commission of India has taken a serious view of the orders issued by the Law Secretary withdrawing prosecution against leaders, including TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and some of his Cabinet colleagues.
The EC discussed the report sent by Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar on the orders withdrawing prosecution relating to cases filed by the railway police during the statehood agitation. The orders issued in the afternoon of November 12 and 13 were, however, followed by another GO in the evening keeping them in abeyance.
EC Principal Secretary S. K. Rudola, in a communication sent to Chief Secretary S. K. Joshi, wanted clarification on a couple of points “urgently”. The EC wanted whether the Law Secretary was authorised to issue the orders which were due from the office of the Home Secretary. It also wanted to know why the matter was not referred by the Law Secretary to the screening committee headed by the State Chief Secretary as the provisions of model code of conduct were in force in the State.
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