Telangana lower court judges, who had gone on a mass leave last month to protest against the suspension of 11 subordinate court judges by the High Court, today returned to work.
The Telangana Judges Association (TJA) had yesterday called off the mass leave protest at an ‘extraordinary general body meeting’ held here, following appeals made by the Chief Justice of India, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor and the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad.
“Yes, the judges have rejoined duties from today,” a senior judicial officer told PTI, adding that the matter with regard to their demand seeking revocation of suspension of 11 judicial officers will be “taken care of by the Chief Justice”.
The judicial employees, who had stayed away from work protesting appointment of the judges who hail from Andhra Pradesh to the courts in Telangana, had also called off their agitation yesterday and they also resumed their duty today.
President of the Federation of Bar Associations of Telangana G Jithender Reddy had yesterday told PTI that the agitation would continue. He had also said the federation would hold a meeting at Warangal after Ramzan to discuss future course of action.
Around 200 judicial officers, working in various capacities in courts across the state, had gone on mass leave on June 28 amid the agitation against appointment of judges from Andhra Pradesh to the Telangana courts.
The Hyderabad High Court — which is common for AP and Telangana — had suspended 11 judges on disciplinary grounds for taking part in the agitation over allocation of judges.
On June 26, over 100 judges under the banner of Telangana Judges Association had taken out a procession and submitted a representation to the Governor, protesting allotment of judges who hail from Andhra Pradesh to the subordinate courts in Telangana. This had led to HC’s action of suspending 11 judges.
( Source – PTI )