Supreme Court dismisses petitions challenging Government's stand on Andhra Pradesh division
February 7, 2014 - Hyderabad
A bench comprising of Justice HL Dattu and Justice SA Bobde on Friday declined to give any direction to the Centre in carving Telangana State by dividing Andhra Pradesh State.
Dealing with a batch of petitions, they referred to their earlier order of November 18, 2013 and said that they did not see any change in it. They however, it clarified that the avertment made in the writ petitions are open to be entertained at an appropriate stage.
It may be recalled here that the petitions have been filed by former MLA A. Jayaprakash, Payyavula Keshav, BJP member Raghurama Krishnam Raju, YSRCP leader Somayajulu and the Visalandhra Mahasabha.
The petitioners in their petitions questioned mala fide manner in which the Union Government had advised the President of India for implementing the consultative process envisioned under Article 3 of the Constitution. They said that the present Bill and the circumstances under which the Bill is forced to be enacted is not in tandem with the federal principles of the Constitution.