T PURUSHOTHAM REDDY Vs. HIGH COURT OF A P
HIGH COURT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
HIGH COURT OF A.P.REP.BY REGISTRAR GENERAL, HYDERABAD
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(1.) 1. On 9th September, 19.71 the first respondent passed orders reverting,
by way of punishment, the petitioner from his officiating post
as Subordinate Judge to the post of Munsif Magistrate from 3rd Nov.
1967 for a period of two years the petitioner was Subordinate Judge,
at Tenali. He was placed under suspension by order dated 1st Nov.
1969. Certain allegations of -corruption and mis-conduct were
brought to the notice of the High Court and thereupon what was
termed 'preliminary enquiry' was directed by the High Court of
Andhra Pradesh (the first respondent herein). On 30th March, 1970
the first respondent expressed the opinion that there was a prima facie
case of corruption and misconduct made out against the petitioner.
The then District Judge, Nellore, was appointed as Enquiry Officer. He
was directed to frame specific charges against the petitioner and to
submit his findings after holding an enquiry.
(2.) The Enquiry Officer framed fourteen charges against the peti.
tionen All the charges excepting charges 10, 13 and 1.4 were framed
in regard to specified acts of corruption or misconduct, in respect of
suits or other proceedings decided by the petitioner. Charge No. 13
was to the effect that the petitioner was not acting fairly or impartially
in the matter of appointment of Commissioners in suits and other
(3.) At the enquiry a large volume of oral evidence was let in to
support the charges as also in rebuttal thereof. In addition, documentary evidence
was let in. The Enquiry Officer came to the conclusion
that except charges 10 and 14 the others framed against the charged
officer were not proved. Charges 1.0 and 14 may be set out hereunder.
"10. that you were having illicit intimacy with, women
supplied by parties to the proceedings before you or by your
peons and you acquired reputation that you are immoral and
debaucheroas and your Judgments can be easily influenced,
and that your conduct and behaviour were derogatory to the
prestige and high tradition of the judiciary.
14. That during the period of your stay at Tenali as Additional
Sub Judge, by your work, conduct and behaviour you
acquired or had a bad reputation that you are a corrupt and
dishonest officer, subject to women vice also, and; you lowered
the prestige of the judiciary.";
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