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Manohar Reddy v UoI

Manohar Reddy v UoI

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REPORTABLE
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIACIVIL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION
WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO.174 OF 2012
M. MANOHAR REDDY & ANR.PETITIONERSVERSUSUNION OF INDIA & ORS.RESPONDENTS
J U D G M E N TAftab Alam, J
.1.The two petitioners, who are advocates of the High Court of  Andhra Pradesh, have filed this petition under Article 32 of theConstitution of India, purportedly in public interest. This writ petitionseeks a writ in the nature of 
quo warranto,
quashing the appointmentof respondent No.3 as a judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradeshand a writ in the nature of 
mandamus
commanding the Bar Council of  Andhra Pradesh to cancel his enrolment as an advocate. Thequashing of the appointment of respondent No.3 as a judge of theHigh Court is sought on the ground that the consultation processleading to his appointment was vitiated as both the High Court and
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the Supreme Court Collegia as well as the Central Government failedto consider two essential facts; one, at the time of his appointment, acriminal trial was pending in which respondent No.3 was not only anaccused but a proclaimed offender and the other that even at the timeof his enrolment as an advocate he had concealed the criminalproceedings and in the relevant column of the application foenrolment with the Bar Council, he falsely stated that there was nopending proceeding against him.2.In order to put the petitioners’ challenge to the appointment of respondent No.3 as a judge of the High Court in the proper perspective, it will be useful to give here a brief outline of the relevantfacts.3.The name of respondent No.3 was recommended foappointment as a judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court onNovember 14, 1998 by the Chief Justice of the High Court with theother two Collegium members agreeing with the recommendation.The recommendation made by the High Court was received in theSupreme Court on February 15, 1999. At that time the age of respondent No.3 was 41 years and six months and he had completedover 15 years of legal practice. In the resume prepared by the
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Ministry of Law and Justice that came to be put up before theSupreme Court Collegium, respondent No.3 was described as under:“Shri N.V. Ramana, Advocate:BIO-DATAHe was enrolled as an Advocate on February10, 1983. He has practiced in the High Court of AndhraPradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh AdministrativeTribunals and the Supreme Court of India in Civil,Criminal, Constitutional, Labour, Service and Electionmatters. He has specialized in Constitutional, Criminal,Service and Inter-State River laws. He has handledabout 800 cases during the last three years. He hasfunctioned as Panel Counsel for Andhra Bank, VysaBank, United India Insurance Co. and Food Corporationof India. He has also functioned as Additional StandingCounsel for Central Government and Standing Counselfor Railways in the Central Administrative Tribunal atHyderabad. At present he is functioning as Additional Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh. His professionalincome during the last three years was as tabulatedbelow:YearGross IncomeTaxable Income1996-977,87,2102,21,2001997-98 10,31,4653,68,9501998-99 38,95,973 16,94,928 And the Intelligence Bureau report about him stated as under:“I.B. REPORT:He enjoys good personal/professional image.Nothing adverse against his character, reputation andintegrity has come to notice, so far. He has also not come
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