PIL challenges Section 8 in Hyderabad High Court

Plea says Sec. 8 violates Constitution

Hyderabad: A Public Interest Litigation has been moved before the Hyderabad High Court challenging the constitutionality and legality of Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 on the ground that the section was in violation of Articles 14, 163 and 246 (3) of the Constitution of India.

S. Padmanabha Rao and three others, residents of the city, moved the PIL stating that there was no demand or even request from any quarter for invocation of Section 8 of the Act.

They said almost all the residents of the city, including 40 lakh natives of the successor state of AP, are living peacefully in the common capital Hyderabad and leading peaceful lives for the last several years.

The petitioners said residents of the capital city never experienced any type of disturbances or discrimination or ill-treatment even after the formation of Telangana state and under the administration of the TS government.

They submitted that the residents of the city are maintaining cordial and amicable relationship with each other and working together for their well being as is being done for the last 60 years.

The petitioners told the court that the residents of the city are afraid of the irresponsible comments of political leaders in the recent past particularly after the incident of corruption charges against an MLA belonging to the Opposition party in Telangana for bribing another MLA with regard to MLC elections held in June.

The demand from political parties for implementation of Section 8 of the Act may result in hatred and animosity among the residents of Hyderabad who are natives of Telangana and AP states, they noted.

The petitioners urged the court to strike down the section which empowers the Governor to rule Hyderabad at his own discretion without reference to the aid and advice of the TS Cabinet.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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