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KCR meets Rajnath over HC division, funds etc

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today made a strong pitch for immediate bifurcation of High Court with the Centre.

It is likely that the Centre will soon take a final call on the bifurcation of the high court. Before taking a decision on the high court division, Rajnath is expected to take a word from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in this regard.

Chief Minister KCR, who is on a three-day stay in the national capital, called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday and urged him to take immediate steps to bifurcate the existing High Court at Hyderabad. TRS MPs Jithender Reddy, B Vinod Kumar and DGP Anurag Sharma were present at the meeting with Rajnath Singh.

The MPs told mediapersons later that KCR made a fervent appeal to the Union Home Minister about the necessity of bifurcation of the apex court in the Telangana State. “We have also sought allocation of IAS officials to cater to the needs of Telangana as per AP Reorganization Act and discussed on its 9th and 10th schedules related to bifurcation of the staff among the two States. The CM also sought release of funds spent on roads under the Union Home Ministry to the State and decisions on the key issues will be taken by next Parliament session, they said.

The Telangana Government has already given its consent to the Centre about having its own high court separately if the existing high court in the old city was allotted to Andhra Pradesh. It may be noted that the Centre had asked the AP Government to come out clearly whether it wants to have a separate apex court in the new capital city yet to be developed or the Hyderabad High Court. However, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu is yet to take a call on the issue which resulting in combined functioning of the high court for both Telugu States. (NSS)