KCR looks to Rajnath to speed up High Court division

RSTV Bureau

The tussle between Telangana Advocates and state government has reached the national capital after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) written a letter to Union Home Minister seeking to speed up the process of establishing new High Court in Andhra Pradesh.

K Chandra Shekhar Rao, Chief Minister Telangana

K Chandra Shekhar Rao, Chief Minister Telangana

KCR requested the Home Minister to issue a notification to take up the exercise of allocating judicial officers and staff only after the separate high court in Andhra Pradesh starts functioning.

The letter came amid an ongoing protest by judges and advocates of Telangana against provisional allocation of judicial officers between AP and Telangana.   At least 200 judges of Telangana went on mass casual leave for 15 days on Tuesday demanding cancellation of the provisional list of judicial officers appointed to the Telangana judiciary.

In his letter, Rao said the allocation of subordinate judicial officers created discontent among the judicial officers and advocate community belonging to Telangana as many officers of Andhra Pradesh were allocated to Telangana.

“If this allocation is made final, it would seriously affect the future prospects of judicial officers from Telangana in terms of their promotion and subsequent elevation to High Court,” he said.

The judges in Telangana want the centre to recall the appointments of 130 judges made recently to courts in Telangana. They say that appointed judges belong to Andhra Pradesh and their appointment is against the rules stated in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014

Telangana Judicial Officers’ Association is alleging that the 18 judges from AP in the High Court influenced the decision. Only 3 of the 21 judges in the High Court are from Telangana.

Rubbishing the ruling TRS’ charge that the Narendra Modi dispensation is being “insensitive” on the issue and dragging the matter under political pressure, Law Minister Sadandanda Gowda said the Centre has no role in creation of a new High Court for Telangana,

“The creation of a new High Court is in the hands of the Chief Minister and Chief Justice of the common High Court for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It’s not in our hands,” Gowda told media.

A delegation led by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Bandaru Dattatreya, calling on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Photo-PTI

A delegation led by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Bandaru Dattatreya, calling on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Photo-PTI

TRS MP and KCR’s daughter Kavitha called the appointment a conspiracy by the Andhra Pradesh government for allowing “Andhra Judges to work in Telangana.

“Our Chief Minister is also very very disheartened by the insensitivity of the central government. We do propose to go and express our protest in Delhi. But, we do not want things to go that level, escalate to that level. We once again sincerely appeal to honourable Prime Minister to intervene at this juncture and bifurcate the high court.”

Interestingly the state BJP came in support of Telangana judges protest and said called responsible for not acting on time, while the provisional list was in process.

“Governor in consultation with CJH (Chief Justice of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad) and CM appoint district judges. What was KCR doing throughout this 5-6 month process? Why did not he protest when the list was notified in May 2016 by HC? His protest now is purely political,” said BJP leader Krishna Saagar Rao.

Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya is likely to meet Law Minister Sadananda Gowda to discuss the matter in detail on Thursday.