Former State Election Commissioner(SEC) of Andhra Pradesh Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar who waged a war with the state government over his removal as the SEC was not seen in the news after his retirement. He had retorted from his post on March 31 this year and there is no noise from him or about him these days.
Now people started to discuss him for one more time with him knocking on the doors of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. In the petition, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar said his petition was rejected by the electoral officials.
Going into details, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar had applied with the Chief Electoral Official over his vote enrollment at his native place, which is Duggirala village in the Guntur district. But his petition was reportedly declined by the Electoral Officer. This made the former SEC move the High Court.
In his petition, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar said that the choice of enrolling for the vote in the native place and the residing place was given by the Indian Constitution. Nimmagadda said, earlier his vote was enrolled in Duggirala itself, but was shifted to Hyderabad due to his work. Nimmagadda had moved the High Court to seek directives from the electoral officials to enroll his vote at his native place. He sought interim orders from the High Court in this regard.
Earlier, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar had to fight a long battle to undo his removal as the Andhra Pradesh Stateâ€™s Election Commissioner. He had knocked on the doors of the Andhra Pradesh High Court and Supreme Court too.
The fallout between the Andhra Pradesh government and Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar took place due to the cancellation of the elections during the first wave of Covid. Citing the Covid spread, Nimmagadda, who was the SEC then had put a stall on the elections. This resulted in the Government and Nimmagadda locking horns with each other.
The government had removed Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar from the SEC post by bringing an ordinance to reduce the tenure of the SEC. A retired judge was appointed in Nimmagadda's place. Later, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar had moved the court and received orders from the court to reinstate him as SEC.