Separate High Courts for 2 States

The undivided High Court of Hyderabad which stood for both the States will now be bifurcated

New Delhi: President Shri Ram Nath Kovind ordered for two separate High Courts for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. This will lead to bifurcation of the High Court of Hyderabad in to two. Both the High Courts will start functioning from the New Year eve of 2019. This has been done by following the orders of the Supreme Court of India.

For Andhra Pradesh the new High Court will be established at Amaravati, the capital of the state and the High Court of Hyderabad will fuction for the state of Telengana.

According to Article 214 of the Constitution of India there should be separate High Courts for each State and The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 clears it that both the States will have a common High Court till the separate ones are formed, which has been clearly mentioned in the Presidential notification.

The Supreme Court asked the Hyderabad High Court to accept the proposal of Andhra Pradesh Government’s proposal and to run the State’s High Court in a temporary accomodation, till the final buildings were completed. For about 10 years after the bifurcation of these two states Hyderabad remained the capital for both. But the new HC for Andhra Pradesh is expected to be established at Amaravati, the new state capital and will be ready by December this year. The Supreme Court also asked the Central Government to issue a notification in relation to this matter.

A two-member Supreme Court Bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan was hearing a plea filed by the central government, which had challenged a 2015 order of the Hyderabad High Court. The Hyderabad HC had said that the permanent HC for Andhra must be constructed within the state only. The Centre had challenged this, stating that as Hyderabad was the common capital of both states for 10 years and the delay in bifurcation was causing several problems, a temporary HC could be established in the city as there was enough infrastructure. The Andhra government in its response said that the temporary accomodation could be arranged in its own upcoming capital.

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