Hyderabad: In a major development, the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) invoked its discretionary powers to transfer Praveen Prakash, principal secretary in the General Administration Department (political).
Prakash is also Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and one of the trusted confidants of his boss. He is involved in major decisions which resulted in fiascos, including the start of the ongoing row with the SEC.
State Election Commissioner N. Ramesh Kumar wrote to Chief Secretary Adityanath Das and instructed that Mr. Prakash should not interact with district collectors and superintendents of police (SPs) or any other officers who directly or indirectly deal with any of the matters relating to the upcoming local body elections.
“His (Prakash) continuance is prejudicial to free and fair elections as he may influence collectors and SPs”, the SEC added.
Mr. Ramesh Kumar also took objection to the contents of a letter addressed…