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Court Monday dismissed a Hyderabad resident’s plea for implementing an agreement signed by regional leaders in 1956, pledging to protect rights and interests of the people of Telangana region in the new state of Andhra Pradesh then being formed.

A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Deepak Verma dismissed the plea saying that the apex court cannot entertain such petitions.

The court cannot interfere with the policy decisions of the government, the bench said, dismissing the plea of Hyderabad resident M. Narsimha Swamy.

An advocate by profession, Swamy argued that the leaders representing the Andhra and Telangana regions, before the formation of the state in 1956, had entered into a Gentlemen’s Agreement to protect the rights and interests of the people of Telangana region.

But the agreement remains a dead letter till date, said Swamy and sought directions to the central and state governments for implementing the accord.

Swamy said the accord provided for due and proper devolution of funds for development of Telengana region, which has been consistently ignored by leaders of Andhra region.

But the bench dismissed the plea, cutting short Swamy’s argument

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