SC dismisses plea to defer HC bifurcation

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a petition filed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court Advocates’ Association in Hyderabad to defer the implementation of a notification issued on December 26 bifurcating the Hyderabad High Court into the new Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Courts. A Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and S. Abdul Nazeer said there would be “initial hiccups” and the High Courts “have already started functioning.” Justice Sikri observed orally that the court had considered every aspect of the matter of bifurcation before asking the government to go ahead with it. The association’s plea was dismissed as withdrawn. The two separate High Courts are functioning from January 1. The petition had urged that the bifurcation be delayed until the new premises for the Andhra Pradesh High Court in the capital city of Amaravati was completed. The High Court will function from temporary premises till the construction work is completed. ‘Judges satisfied’ Andhra Pradesh had already informed the Supreme Court that the judges, who would preside over the courts of the new High Court, were satisfied with the facilities that were created in an interim building complex that would house the High Court till a permanent building was constructed. Senior advocate Fali Nariman for Andhra Pradesh had also made a statement that the government would be providing villas to take care of the residential needs of the judges at Amaravati.

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