HYDERABAD: Director-general of police V Dinesh Reddy earned a breather from the AP High Court Wednesday, with a vacation bench suspending an order passed by a single judge decreeing a probe into the wealth held by him and by his fellow IPS officer Umesh Kumar.
In a related case, judges G Chandraiah and N Ravi Shankar also stayed contempt proceedings against additional DGP (CID) S V Ramana Murthy.
The DGP and Umesh Kumar, both of whom vied for the top post in the state police, have for months been levelling allegations of impropriety against each other. Umesh Kumar, now posted as chairman of the Godavari Valley Authority, filed a petition against Dinesh Reddy. Hearing the petition last month, single judge Ramesh Ranganathan directed the state to appoint a senior officer to enquire into the conduct of both Dinesh and Umesh. The judge had also directed initiation of contempt proceedings against Dinesh Reddy and S V Ramana Murthy for suppression of material facts in their affidavits.
Both Dinesh Reddy and Ramana Murthy separately filed writ appeals against the orders, the former challenging the probe as well as the contempt proceedings. The DGP’s appeal contended that the order was contrary to the material available on record and therefore unsustainable. It said the judge failed to see that the objective of Umesh Kumar’s writ petition was only to prevent a free and fair hearing of the case.