Judges Stir: Tight Security near Hyderabad High Court

RSTV Bureau
Telangana Chief Minister Chandra Shekhar Rao meets Governor ESL Narsimhan in Rajbhavan Courtesy: Twitter/TelanganaCMO

Telangana Chief Minister Chandra Shekhar Rao meets Governor ESL Narsimhan in Rajbhavan
Courtesy: Twitter/TelanganaCMO

Tight security arrangements have been made near to High court in Hyderabad on Thursday amidst the ongoing protest by advocates and judges belonging to the state of Telangana.

Advocates and judges belonging to Telangana state have been protesting against the latest appointment of 130 judges belonging to AP state to the courts in Telangana.

The stir by advocates, judicial staff and judges intensified so much so that several advocates were arrested across Telangana when they attempted to barge into the premises of different courts including the High Court in the state capital.

The Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association leaders along with members from Telangana Bar Association have participated in the protest against allotment of judgeships to judges belonging to Andhra Pradesh region.

In the wake of intensified agitation by advocates on the bifurcation of the High Court, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao met Governor E S L Narasimhan in his residence.

Telangana advocates holding a protest against appointment of Andhra Judges in Telangana. Photo-PTI

Telangana advocates holding a protest against appointment of Andhra Judges in Telangana.
Photo-PTI

It was reported that Governor received a call from Union Home Minister after he received a letter from Chief Minister KCR.

“KCR registered his protest before the Governor for the protracted delay in fulfilling the promise of creating separate high courts immediately after the bifurcation of the State,” party sources told media in Hyderabad.

The Governor, who interacted with the Chief Minister in a one-on-one meeting for more than two hours, assured K Chandrashekar Rao that the division of High Court would be taken up on a priority basis.

Meanwhile, the Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday withdrew the powers of district judges to grant leave to subordinates judges.

“Powers of Principal District and Sessions Judges/Metropolitan Sessions Judges/Additional District and Sessions Judges regarding grant of any leave to the judicial officers in the cadre of Senior Civil Judges and Junior Civil Judges…are hereby withdrawn until further orders,” a circular issued by Registrar (vigilance) said.

The Telangana Judges Association that has initiated the agitation against allocation of judicial officers belonging to Andhra Pradesh to Telangana region said the lower court judges would continue to be on leave despite this fiat. The High Court has so far suspended 11 judicial officers on disciplinary grounds following the agitation.

On Wednesday, Labour Minister Dattatreya along with members of Bar Associations from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh met with Law Minister Sadananda Gowda and Home Minister Rajnath Singh but no conclusion could be achieved.

Why are advocates protesting?

Telangana advocates holding placards at a protest  against appointment of Andhra Judges in Telangana. Photo-PTI

Telangana advocates holding placards at a protest against appointment of Andhra Judges in Telangana.
Photo-PTI

Judges belonging to Telangana went on mass casual leave for 15 days starting Tuesday demanding cancellation of the provisional list of judicialal officers appointed to the Telangana judiciary

Telangana judges want 130 judges appointed recently to courts in Telangana to be recalled.  They say that these judges belong to Andhra Pradesh and their appointment goes against the rules stated in the AP Re-organisation Act, 2014,

They say that High Court had failed to follow the 40:60 allocation guidelines between Telangana and Andhra, mentioned in the 2014 reorganisation Act.

The division of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh High Court has not happened, ever since the state has been bifurcated. Since the division has not yet happened yet, judicial officers can be posted anywhere in AP or Telangana.