Around 200 judges working in Telangana went on a 15-day mass casual Tuesday, immediately after the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad suspended nine more judges on disciplinary grounds.
Two judges were suspended yesterday in a similar manner against the backdrop of an agitation by Telangana lawyers and judges against the provisional allocation of judicial officers between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The 200 judges are demanding authorities to revoke the suspension order.
Over 100 judges under the banner of Telangana Judges Association on Sunday took out a procession in Hyderabad in protest against the provisional allocation.
The protesters demanded that judicial officers who are natives of Andhra Pradesh should be allocated to that state instead of Telangana.
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Meanwhile, Union Law Minister D V Sadandanda Gowda said the Centre has no role in creation of a new High Court for Telangana, rubbishing the ruling TRS’ charge that the Narendra Modi dispensation is being “insenstive” on the issue and dragging the matter under political pressure.
Holding that the state government’s stand on the issue is “unacceptable and intolerable,” Gowda said the creation of a new High Court is in the hands of the Chief Minister and Chief Justice of the common high court for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
“It’s not in our hands. Creation of new High Court for Telangana. It’s in the hands of Chief Minister and Chief Justice of that High Court (which is common for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and has not been bifurcated after the division of erstwhile state in June 2014),” Gowda told PTI.
TRS MP Kavitha has alleged that the Centre is insensitive in not bifurcating the High Court following division of Andhra Pradesh and that her father and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would not even hesitate to hold a protest (dharna) in Delhi.
She also alleged that the matter is being dragged by the Centre under political pressure from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.