Nine Judges in Telangana Suspended, Call for ‘High Court Bandh’
Nine judges were suspended on Tuesday, in addition to two who were suspended on Monday.
Nearly 200 judges in Telengana have gone on a mass casual leave for fifteen days on Tuesday after the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad suspended eleven judges on disciplinary grounds.
The suspension comes on the heels of demands by the Telengana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to the Centre asking for a bifurcation of the Hyderabad High Court following the creation of Telangana.
Telangana Judges Association has given a call for `Chalo High Court’ and a `High Court Bandh’, on Wednesday. As many as 125 judicial officers from Telangana on Sunday handed their resignations to the president of the Association, authorising him to hand them to the Governor as and when he felt right if the demands were not met.
The Association members said that no specific reason had been given by the High Court for the suspension.
Meanwhile, lawyers affiliated to the Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee held demonstrations outside the courts across the state.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had proposed to hold a protest in Delhi, demanding a separate High Court for the state. His daughter, TRS MP K Kavitha, however was against it and has appealed to the Prime Minister to intervene.
The ruling TRS’ stance came against the backdrop of agitation by lawyers and judges against provisional allocation of judicial officers between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Over 100 judges under the banner of Telangana Judges Association on Sunday took out a procession in the state, protesting against the provisional allocation.
The Centre has responded saying it has no role in creation of a new High Court for Telangana. It has cautioned the state government that blaming the Narendra Modi government on the issue was “unacceptable and intolerable”.
Judiciary is independent. We give maximum respect to Judiciary. Their independence cannot be encroached upon by the Executive at any point of time.DV Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister
(With inputs from PTI.)
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