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TRS MPs slams Centre for delaying HC division

TRS members of Parliament on Tuesday lambasted the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre for “deliberately” delaying creation of a separate High Court for the newly-born Telangana State.

Making a vociferous demand in the Lok Sabha for setting up of a separate High Court for the Telangana State as enshrined in the AP Reorganization Act, TRS MPs Jitender Reddy and B. Vinod felt that denying the new State of a High Court of its own tantamount to blatant constitutional violation. Even as other party colleagues raised slogans for doing justice to the Telangana State in this regard, both the MPs amply made it clear that the TRS would not rest till a Telangana High Court was constituted and warned that any wanton delay in the matter would only lead to serious repercussions.

While trying to pacify and soothe the ruffled feelings of the TRS members, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu said the Law Ministry was seriously engaged in resolving the issue at the earliest after examining all aspects in the matter. He pointed out that when the two States were formed it was imperative that each State should have a separate High Court. He assured the MPs that the Union government was committed to fulfill its assurance in setting up a Telangana High Court.

Earlier, speaking on the issue in the Lok Sabha, TRS member Jitender Reddy reminded that when Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal States were formed, separate High Courts were set up within one week and wondered why there was such an inordinate delay in the matter of setting up a separate High Court for Telangana. Reminding that Telangana Chief Minister N. Chandrasekhar Rao had addressed a letter to the Centre in this regard besides TRS Ministers, MPs and MLAs had called on the Union Minister of Law many times, Jitender Reddy wondered why the matter has been put in the cold storage for so long. This deliberate delaying tactics would only boomerang on the BJP-led government at the Centre, he warned.

Another TRS MP B. Vinod, while taking to task the Central government in dilly-dallying in the matter pointed out that the residence of AP Chief Minister besides the State’s Secretariat and DGP Office were functioning in Hyderabad. Then why not a High Court of the State function here by bifurcating the erstwhile AP High Court into two and thus facilitate the Telangana State to have its own High Court, he asked. (NSS)