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‘Telangana entitled to its own High Court’

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Hyderabad: Promising a way forward on the bifurcation of the High Court of Judicature of Hyderabad, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday that the new State of Telangana was entitled for its own High Court as the provision was made very much in the State Re-organisation Act.

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, after the MPs from Telangana, had stalled the proceedings of the House on the issue on Wednesday, the Minister said in terms of law the present AP High Court would become the High Court of Telangana and a new High Court would come up in Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh Government had identified certain buildings from where the AP High Court could commence operations on a temporary basis. AP was about to convey this matter to the High Court. There was an order issued by the High Court asking the AP Chief Minister to locate a building to house the new High Court of AP.

Once the new buildings were ready and the Chief Justice gives his final confirmation, the process can be initiated for relocating the AP High Court wherefrom it can commence operations on a temporary basis. Stating that efforts were on for building a permanent High Court in AP, he said it would take some time. The Centre had also been supporting the move by giving the required funds for the purpose.

He appealed to the MPs from both TS and AP to deal with the issue with mutual respect till the process was materialised. He also made it clear that the Law Ministry cannot stall the promotion of judges till the process of bifurcation was completed as the Supreme Court collegium system was solely dealing with the promotions and appointment of judges.

TRS member of Parliament from Mahabubnagar AP Jithender Reddy said the process had begun for the long-pending bifurcation of the High Court. It was a victory of sorts for TS, but the Centre must ensure that the promotions of judges was considered only after the bifurcation.

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