Telangana MP B Vinod Kumar, shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, demanding that the government expedite the bifurcation of the Hyderabad High Court.
More than three years after the bifurcation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was completed, the High Court in Hyderabad is still overseeing matters pertaining to both states.
Vinod Kumar, the MP for Karimnagar, urged the PM to honour the commitments given in the AP State Reorganisation Act passed by the Parliament. Pointing out that he had repeatedly written to the Prime Minister and the then Union Minister for Law DV Sadananda Gowda, Vinod Kumar stated in his letter that the AP Reorganisation Act mandates separate High Courts for both AP and Telangana.
The MPâ€™s letter states that progress on bifurcation has remained stagnant despite multiple interventions in Parliament.
"Various questions and motions under rule 377 were resorted to, as well as the zero-hour intervention made on March 4, 2015, but it was all in vain. The proceedings of the house were also unfortunately stalled to bring attention to this issue on March 5, 2015. The Minister of Law was subsequently briefed on the issue personally. Despite the Supreme Court disposing off the PIL on the issue of bifurcation, the Minister failed to take action on the same as he promised," the letter states.
"This inaction goes against Section 31 (2) of the AP Reorganisation Act, which provides for the seat of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh to be notified by the President. To this end, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also expressed his willingness to provide any and all support required in this process of bifurcation, but still there has been no progress made," the letter adds.
The issue of the bifurcation of the Hyderabad High Court has been a long-standing and contentious conflict.
In June this year, Telangana Law Minister, A Indrakaran Reddy, put the blame for the issue on the Andhra Pradesh government, saying that the AP government was deliberately attempting to delay the bifurcation.
"When AP government can construct Secretariat and Assembly buildings in one year, why cannot they construct High Court building?â€ť he had asked.