Hyderabad: Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur on Sunday advised Telangana state advocates to withdraw their agitation and start attending courts so that the public was not put through further hardships to get justice.
While interacting with an advocates’ delegation from Telangana comprising Mr G. Vidyasagar, Mr D. Prakash Reddy, Mr Gandra Mohan Rao, Mr M. Rajen-der Reddy, Mr M. Jitender Reddy, Mr B. Jayaker and Mr K. Janardhan Reddy, Justice Thakur made it clear that in view of the on-going strike, it would not be proper for him to intervene at this stage.
The delegation urged the CJI to transfer the acting Chief Justice of the High Court at Hyderabad, besides initiating steps to address their demands.
According to president of the Telangana High Court Advocates Association Mr Gandra Mohan Rao, the CJI asked them to have trust in him to take some measures to resolve the issue if they withdrew their strike and agitation.
The advocates have been demanding the bifurcation of the High Court, allocation of judicial officers and revocation of suspension of subordinate judicial officers and staff.
Mr Mohan Rao told this newspaper that the stir would continue for now and a final decision would be taken only after discussions with the Federation of Telangana Bar Associa-tions, Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee and Associations of Judicial Officers and Employees.
The delegation, while explaining the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014, stated that the High Court, without any order from the Centre appointing it as the advisory committee and without authorisation, had undertaken the exercise of bifurcation of subordinate judiciary and issued the guidelines on February 26, 2016.
It was submitted to the CJI that since the guidelines were not approved by the Centre, the exercise undertaken by the High Court was without jurisdiction and contrary to the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.
The delegation urged the CJI to advise the High Court to rescind the provisional allocation list of subordinate judicial officers and take steps to revoke the suspension of judicial officers and staff.
The delegation requested the CJI to initiate necessary steps for the establishment of a separate High Court for AP without delay.