HC: Appeal against verdict is continuation of proceedings

If an appellate court admits an appeal against the order of a criminal court, that shall be considered as continuation of the trial court proceedings.

A division bench of Hyderabad High Court comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice V. Ramasubramanian made this observation on Wednesday, stating that the accused persons concerned would fall within the jurisdiction of the appellate court. A retired assistant superintendent of Prohibition and Excise Department from Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh Mandava Subhash Chandra Bose, who was facing a case registered by Anti-Corruption Bureau, filed a writ petition questioning the action of passport officials not sanctioning him passport. A single judge of the HC dismissed his petition after which he filed an appeal.

The Assistant Solicitor General K. Lakshman told the bench that Mr. Bose concealed the fact that he was facing a criminal case. The petition’s lawyer submitted that the retired officer was acquitted of the corruption case by the lower court.

But the ACB officials had preferred an appeal against the trial court verdict in the HC and the officer didn’t mention it in the passport application, Mr. Lakshman explained. The bench dismissed the appeal making it clear that if an appeal is pending, it must be considered that the trial court proceedings were on.

Urdu Academy

Justice P. Naveen Rao of Hyderabad HC on Wednesday found fault with the Telangana State Urdu Academy for not declaring roster of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward classes in the notification relating to recruitment of Urdu officers of grade I and II. The Judge asked the Academy’s counsel if the officials consider it was a small mistake. The Academy’s counsel sought time to file additional counter affidavit. The matter was posted to Monday.

AICTE rules

GITAM counsel on Wednesday sought permission of the Hyderabad High Court to withdraw its writ petition questioning the new rules framed by All India Council for Technical Education. The rules mandated all private engineering colleges to secure fresh permissions for each of the courses being offered by them.

The petitioner’s lawyer submitted to the HC that he would approach the Delhi High Court on the matter.

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