Supreme Court refuses to give stay bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh
May 5, 2014 - New Delhi
A bench of Supreme Court comprising of Justice H Dattu and justice SA Bobde while dealing with a batch of writ petitions filed against the Centre on the division of the State of Andhra Pradesh said that the Court cannot interfere at this juncture. The court however ordered issuances of notices to the Centre to respond to the petition by six weeks. The next hearing of the case is posted to August 28.
It may be recalled here that the bench pointed in March this year that the petitioners raised significant points of law that the division of AP was in breach of federalism. They also highlighted that the Bill need constitutional amendments without which it is invalid. When petitioners raised that June 2 is appointed day, the bench said that they could get interim relief from the Constitution Bench. It may be recalled that Lok Sabha has passed the much controversial AP Reorganization Bill 2013 in 23 minutes through voice vote without much discussion amidst blackout of telecast.