On Wednesday, The Hyderabad High Court issued notices to the AP government and Visakhapatnam district collector on a petition challenging the caste status of Kothapalli Geeta, YSR Congress MP from Araku Parliamentary constituency in that state. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar was dealing the case. The case is dealing with a plea by the AP Scheduled Tribes Employees’ Welfare Asso-ciation represented by its president E. Anjaneyulu and others.
They told to court that and she belongs to the Chri-stian Adiandhra caste that comes under Backward Class ‘C’ category and belongs to East Godavari district. And they said that earlier her name was Gladys Jacob and later she chang-ed her name to Kothapalli Geeta and got it notified through a gazette in 2002. But there was no action either before or after the election.
They also urged with the court that she does not belong to Valmiki caste of the Scheduled Tribe category. The Bench while issuing the notices to the respondent authorities including the MP directed them to file their counter affidavits before March 6.
A division bench on Wednesday directed B. Madhava Naidu, MLA of Narsapur Assembly seat in West Godavari district to file a counter affidavit by placing facts in a contempt case pending against him, in a week.
The bench was dealing with a suo motu contempt case against the MLA initiated for his alleged interference in demolition of structures in his constituency, which was taken up as per orders of the court.