Hyderabad: In a significant development pertaining to the constitution of a separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh, the AP government has submitted a letter to the Chief Justice of the Hyderabad High Court indicating three temporary accommodations, each of two lakh square feet, for the court in Amaravati.
Sources in the law department of the AP government revealed that the letter was submitted though AP Advocate-General Dammalapati Srinivas.
Sources also revealed that the state government has requested the Chief Justice to constitute the judges committee that will visit the places shortlisted and decide whether they are suitable for the High Court, and inform the state government by the end of January 2018.
Sources disclosed that the Andhra Pradesh government was willing to make modifications in whichever building the committee finds suitable and have it ready by the end of April 2018.
The Andhra Pradesh government also suggested that the summer vacation period of the High Court, from April 30 to June 1, 2018, can be the time when court records and other relevant material can be moved from Hyderabad to the new accommodation at Vijayawada, and the new High Court can start functioning from June 2.
Sources said that after getting the letter from the state government, Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan is convening the Full Court meeting on Wednesday to take further steps.
Sources close to the judiciary disclosed that the five senior-most judges will likely be on the committee to inspect the buildings identified by the state government.
On December 28, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had told the Lok Sabha that the AP government would allow the High Court to be established in Ama-ravati and had selected four buildings.
He said he had information that the AP government had sent the proposal to the acting Chief Justice of the High Court who in turn will send a team of experts to inspect the buildings and select one....