Hyderabad: The demand for a separate High Court for Telangana state is now in the Centre’s court.
Telangana advocates, backed by the TRS and state BJP leaders, met Union law minister Ravi Shanker Prasad in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum urging the Centre to take immediate steps to establish separate High Courts for Tela-ngana Andhra Pradesh.
The advocates, who have launched a stir, expre-ssed anguish over the abnormal delay in setting up of new High Courts, which would not only ease work in either state but create more employment opportunities and also ensure promotions for judicial officers.
Telangana judicial officers too are insisting on a new High Court for the state. Senior BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya, TRS MP B. Vinod Kumar, along with the advocates met the Union law minister.
Mr Vinod Kumar faulted Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for failing to identify a place in the new state for location of the High Court. He urged the Union law minister to take immediate steps for two new High Courts for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh by invoking Article 214.
“Though the state has been bifurcated three months ago, the Andhra Pradesh government has failed to identity a location for their High Court. The AP CM should spell out the location and inform the Centre, which he has not done so far leading to delay,” he said.
“According to Section 31 of the AP Reorganisation Act there is a provision for establishment of separate High Courts for both states. The Centre should take the initiative and establish two High Courts soon and should decide, whether it will introduce a bill or Supreme Court will take the initiative,” Mr Vinod Kumar said.