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The Delhi High Court has declined to stay the appointment of eight additional judges of the High Court at Hyderabad, having jurisdiction over the two states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Justice Valmiki J Mehta said the petitioner Tummala Lakshmana Rao should move the High Court of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana at Hyderabad as this was not the correct forum.

“Since by this writ petition, appointments of persons as judges of the High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad are challenged, the petition will have to be filed in the High Court of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana at Hyderabad, and which is the court of forum conveniens including because of residence of the petitioner and the respondents (eight judges) whose appointments are challenged and also because of the availability of the records within the territorial jurisdiction of the High Court of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana at Hyderabad,” the court said.

The court’s order came on a plea filed by Rao, who has challenged the appointment of eight judges as additional judges of the High Court of judicature for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad.


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