Case closed as head of debt relief panel appointed – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government told the High Court on Monday that it had appointed Nagurla Venkateswarlu as chairman of the Telangana State Commission for Debt Relief (Small Farmers, Agricultural Laborers and Rural Artisans).

State Special Advocate S Sharat Kumar placed a copy of the GO before a divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, which was dealing with a contempt case filed by the top BJP leader N Indrasena Reddy against the state government for its failure to constitute the commission and appointing a chairman.

On August 21 last year, the bench, while disposing of a PIL filed by Reddy, ordered the government to set up the above commission within three months. When the court order was not followed by the government, Reddy recently filed a contempt suit seeking punishment of the officials involved under the Contempt of Court Act.

The bench had faulted the state government for failing to implement the court order despite pledging to form the aforementioned commission by November last year. Later, he issued notices to the government and summoned the chief secretary for explanation. When the case was heard on Monday, the special advocate argued that the president had also been appointed to the commission. Considering this argument, the bench dismissed the case for contempt.

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