New Delhi, January 17
Supreme Court accepted 24 petitions for trial, filed by individuals challenging the AP Reorganisation Act. It directed the Central government to file affidavit. The petitions argued that the State reorganization was unreasonable. The apex court said it will hear all the petitions together.
Even two and half years after State bifurcation, the division disputes are still continuing. The discussion questioned properties distribution of 9 and 10 schedules and other issues is now focused on State bifurcation.
Petitioners brought to the notice of the apex court that the bifurcation was made in a hurry. The SC accepted 24 petitions filed from both Telugu states including the one filed by former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and directed the Centre to file counter for this.
The court is now going to give its verdict over the petitions filed from 2011 to May 2014.
On the other hand, advocates were against the merger of several mandals of Telangana into Andhra Pradesh. This will expose the irregularities of the then UPA government in state bifurcation, said advocates of the petitioners.
A few persons have questioned as to why Kiran Kumar Reddy remained silent when his party (Congress) was dividing the State.
Legal experts felt that the Supreme Court verdict, whatever it may be, may not affect both Telugu states.