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Jagan versus the Judges: how a corrupt politician challenged justice itself

Andhra Pradesh’s criminal Chief Minister attacked the Indian justice system – and got away with it.

Jagan versus the Judges: how a corrupt politician challenged justice itself

Andhra Pradesh’s criminal Chief Minister attacked the Indian justice system – and got away with it.

Jagan versus the Judges: how a corrupt politician challenged justice itself

Andhra Pradesh’s criminal Chief Minister attacked the Indian justice system – and got away with it.

Jagan versus the Judges: how a corrupt politician challenged justice itself

Andhra Pradesh’s criminal Chief Minister attacked the Indian justice system – and got away with it.

Public confidence in the justice system is an essential pillar of democracy. This is the first time a politician has sought to undermine it.

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has taken on the justice system in a step that is unprecedented in Indian history.

In an open letter to Chief Justice S.A. Bobde in October 2020, Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that the second most senior judge in India’s Supreme Court, N.V. Ramana, had been influencing the sittings of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, and appealed for steps to ensure judicial neutrality. The High Court was being used to “destabilise and topple” the elected state government, he claimed, and Ramana was biased in favour of opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party. He also cast aspersions on the integrity of five other High Court justices.

A politician accusing the highest level of the judiciary of taking sides: this has never happened before, and it sets a dangerous precedent.

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