SC upholds Andhra Pradesh HC order against Lakshmaiah
6.7.2012 (UNI) The Supreme Court today dismissed the petition of Andhra Pradesh Information and Technology Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, challenging the High Court order ordering recounting of votes in the 2009 Jangaon Assembly election.
His election was challenged by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate Kommuri Prathap Reddy alleging that there was bungling in the counting of votes and has prayed for recounting of the votes polled in the Jangaon Assembly constituency.
The apex court found the petition premature and wondered why the petitioner was objecting to the recounting of votes.
The defeated candidate of TRS Kommuri Prathap Reddy had challenged the election of Ponnala Lakshmaiah from Jangaon Assembly Constituency in Warangal district in 2009 and filed a petition in the High Court seeking recount of votes.
He contended that 80 votes, including postal ballot, were illegally added to Ponnala in the election and sought recounting of votes.
Agreeing to Pratap Reddy’s view, the High Court had later ordered recounting of votes.
However, the Minister filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court directions.
Mr Ponnala’s counsel observed that there was no substantial proof to show his client’s election was irregular. However, the apex court did not accept his argument and dismissed his petition.
Responding to the apex court verdict, Mr Lakshmaiah said that he was ready to face any consequences on the decision.
The truth will finally win, he said.
Hailing the verdict, Mr Kommuri Prathap Reddy demanded the resignation of Ponnala Lakshmaiah from the state cabinet immediately and asked him to come forward for recounting of votes voluntarily. UNI