The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy Congress Party (YSRCP) flag colour can’t be used on government buildings.
In a huge setback to Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP led Andhra Pradesh government, the SC rejected its plea challenging initiation of contempt proceedings by State High Court for not removing YSRCP flag colours from government buildings.
A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Krishan Murari and S. Ravindra Bhat said that there is an order to repaint the government and panchayats buildings to their original colour, and this should be followed within four weeks. The counsel for AP government tried to argue that the colours were no way related to the YSRCP flag. However, the court dismissed it.
Passing the order the HC had wondered why the government had issued the go-ahead on painting the government buildings despite the earlier orders and sought to know why contempt of court proceeding should not be filed against the government. There was an order earlier that such painting of government building in party flag colours cannot go on.
Seeking an explanation from the panchayat raj secretary and chief secretary in this regard, the HC had asked the registrar of High Court to start the procedure for a contempt case against the government by May 28, if the government doesn’t take any decision in this regard.