Meanwhile, the Allagadda Bar Association filed a writ petition in the High Court on the issue.

Advocates boycott courts in Andhras Kurnool district demand HC in Rayalaseema
news Controversy Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 08:39

The row over the location of Andhra Pradesh’s new High Court refuses to die down, as advocates across the state’s Kurnool district boycotted all courts on Friday, and held a rally to the Collectorate.

Responding to a call given by the Kurnool District Bar Association, advocates reportedly boycotted the district court and 12 magistrate courts in the district.

The Association’s President, Nagalakshmi Devi, said that representations would be submitted to all political parties in the state, as well as Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, to build the HC at Kurnool.

This came even as the Allagadda Bar Association filed a writ petition in the High Court on the issue.

After the state's bifurcation in 2014 for the creation of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh has been building its upcoming capital Amaravati on the banks of the Krishna River, with its latest target being the location of the High Court building.

According to reports, Chief Minister Naidu has asked for building suggestions by the end of January, so that modifications to the building can be made by April, and the court itself can begin functioning by June this year.

However, while Naidu's government has been busy identifying buildings in Vijayawada and the capital area, others have strongly opposed this move.

Last week, a group of advocates protested in Kurnool city, demanding that the High Court should be set up in the state’s Rayalaseema area. The advocates protested under the aegis of AP SC/ST Lawyers Forum.

When Andhra Pradesh was first reorganised from the Madras Province, Kurnool was made its capital and the High Court functioned from Guntur until 1956.

Following this, the capital and the High Court shifted to Hyderabad.

"With the bifurcation, we have returned to the status quo during the Gentlemen's Agreement. It is important that we don't repeat the historical blunder," advocate Jayaraju Yeggoni from the AP SC/ST Lawyers Forum had told TNM earlier.


Read: Should Andhra’s new HC be located in Rayalaseema? Debate rages on



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