Supreme Court Notice to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh on HC bifurcation

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court ordered the Andhra Pradesh government and the High Court to send their explanations in writing, on the Centre’s appeal challenging the High Court orders which directed the Union of India to locate a site within Andhra Pradesh for setting up a permanent High Court for that state.

Telangana government’s advocate Mukul Rohatgi and the Union Law Ministry’s Attorney General KK Venugopal argued that it was time the bifurcation of the Court took place.

At a hearing before a Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, the Centre and Telangana were on the same page as far as providing “separate and independent” High Courts for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were concerned.

Asked about the status on the construction of the High Court buildings in AP, the Central government said to the SC bench that the construction was not finished yet.

The AG said the High Court in Hyderabad had a sufficient number of court halls for the two High Courts to function separately. He said Hyderabad was a common capital for 10 years and such an arrangement could be made.

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