Hyderabad: Telangana state judges working in various courts on Sunday decided to submit mass resignations to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in protest against the decision of options given to judges of Andhra Pradesh origin.
After 118 judges of AP origin were appointed on May 3 to TS courts, advocates began protests opposing the decision and launched an agitation on June 11. Supporting their agitation, for the first time in the Telugu states, judges have launched a protest and took the decision to resign.
The judges gathered at Gun Park, paid tributes to martyrs of the Telangana movement and submitted their resignation to Judges Federation president, K. Ravinder Reddy.
Judges to go on mass protest leave
Telangana state judges on Sunday decided to submit resignations to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in protest against the decision of options being given to judges of Andhra Pradesh origin. After assembling at the Gun Park, they moved towards Raj Bhavan to submit their resignations to the Governor.
When they reached the Khairatabad junction, police stopped them stating they had no permission for the rally. Speaking to the media, the judges said that the appointment of AP origin judges in Telangana was against sections 77 and 80 of the AP Reorganisation Act.
Later, the police allowed five judges under the leadership of Mr Ravinder Reddy to meet the Governor. They explained to the Governor how Telangana advocates and judges had lost opportunities due to the options. They said injustice was done to the Telangana origin judges in the preliminary allotment of judges.
The judges told the media that they would attend duties on Monday as decided earlier. But, if they do not get a positive response from the government, all the judges would go on two days’ leave.
“On June 29, we shall meet again and will go for 15 days’ mass leave if we do not get any response from government,” they said, adding that a decision to press for the resignations will be taken after that.