N. Ramesh Kumar, the former State Election Commissioner (SEC) of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) resumed his charges from the 29th of May.
The Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) High Court directed the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) to cancel his removal order and allow him to continue as State EC.
On the 11th of April, the State Government Appointed V. Kanagaraj as the new SEC of Andhra Pradesh. The appointment of V. Kanagaraj, a former judge of the Madras High Court was approved by Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, the Governor of A.P.
On the 10th of April, Biswa Bhusan Harichandan approved the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj, 1994, (Second Amendment) Ordinance passed by the State Government. The ordinance passed includes amendments in change of the tenure, eligibility, and method of appointment of the SEC.
In regard to this, opposition JanaSena and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders filed a petition against the YSRCP over the decision, during the pandemic crisis.
In the last hearing over the matter, the A.P., HC dismissed the appointment of V. Kanagaraj. The court announced the decision citing Article 213, which does not authorize the ordinance passed by the State Government. The bench of HC judges reviewing the matter said the ordinance passed by the State Governor does not work now.
Hence, from the 29th of May, N. Ramesh Kumar could resume his charges as the State Election Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh.
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