New Year, New Beginnings - High Courts for AP & Telangana

With a heavy heart, about 900 employees left for Amaravati in special buses bidding adieu to their Telangana counterparts following the Centre’s notification for the bifurcation of the High Court between the two states. Justice Praveen Kumar was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the newly formed High Court of Andhra Pradesh while Radhakrishnan Nair took oath as the Chief Justice of Telangana.

The High Court of Andhra Pradesh will start its temporary operations from the CM Camp Office in Vijayawada. Another Court hall would be set up at the R&B Guest House at MG Road. Describing the swearing-in ceremony as historic, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu said that the High Court has been located to the state after six decades. Along with the Chief Justice, other judges too took oath in presence of Governor of Telugu States E.S.L. Narasimhan.

The Hyderabad High Court has been serving as the common Court for both the Telugu states since 2014 after the bifurcation. The Centre’s Gazette notification said that January 1st, 2019 will be the appointed day for Andhra Pradesh High Court to start functioning from Amaravati while the High Court judicature at Hyderabad will become the High Court of Telangana. 

Despite the emotional scenes between AP and Telangana legal personnel indicating a warm relationship between the employees of the two Telugu states, Andhra Pradesh has appealed to the Centre to grant employees more time. The Chief Minister has alleged that the Centre has not given enough time for the employees to move to Amaravati. 

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Advocates Association filed a petition with the Supreme Court to grant more time to them as the construction of High Court at Amaravati would take 10 more months. Meanwhile, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is making efforts to provide accommodation to all the judges and lawyers as part of this move. 


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