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Bus Strike: High Court Castigates IAS Officer

Referring to Principal Secretary (Finance) K Ramakrishna Rao, the court said that it had not seen such an irresponsible IAS officer before.
Hyderabad | 7th November 2019
The arguments over the ongoing RTC strike were adjourned once again by the Telangana High Court to November 11, 2019, after a hearing today.

Chief Secretary S K Joshi, Principal Secretary (Finance) K Ramakrishna Rao and GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar appeared before the court today in compliance of its earlier order.

While hearing the case, the High Court expressed its shock over the additional counter filed by the Principal Secretary (Finance), for its contradictory nature.

Referring to the statement of the Principal Secretary that the additional counter-affidavit was filed after a complete scrutiny of the records, a division bench of the High Court said that the earlier counter-affidavit filed by him contradicted most of the second.

The court wondered if the first affidavit was filed without proper scrutiny. At one point, the division bench said that it had not seen such an irresponsible IAS officer before.

Citing that it wanted to end the ongoing strike, the court said that neither the State government nor the union leaders were however willing to take steps to end it and reduce the problems faced by the people.

Arguing the case on behalf of the Central government, the newly-appointed Solicitor General of India N Rajeshwar Rao said that the division of the APSRTC was not completed so far, and added that the TSRTC didn't have any legal status.

He also told the court that the Central government had a 33% share in the APSRTC and the TSRTC.
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