SC soon to issue directions to Centre on separate AP HC

Hyderabad: The apex court on Monday said that it will soon direct Centre to take steps for existing Hyderabad High Court’s bifurcation into two HC’s along with establishing a separate High Court for AP.

The Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan reserved its judgment in a plea filed by the Union law ministry which sought to set aside Hyderabad HC’s 2015 judgment’s which refused to set up AP HC even on a temporary basis in Hyderabad.

AP state, on the other hand, seems to be toying with the idea of setting up two High Courts for two separate states in Hyderabad.

While Centre and Telangana, both have stated that AP government has been dodging the issue of setting up a separate High Court in their own state.

However, AP informed the bench on Monday that it’s required infrastructure in Amravati will be ready by December 15 which will be followed by shifting of staff by the end of April 2019 and residential accommodation for judges will be arranged by August 2019.

Counsel appearing for Telangana told the bench that they are facing issues in recruiting judges and staff due to delay in bifurcation of the high court and that AP is depriving them of the right to have their own high court.

Hearing all the parties favoring separate High court in AP, the apex court said it will soon issue directions to the Centre to notify the establishment of AP high court, TOI reports.