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The HC will take care of the “three capitals” business from tomorrow

A full bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, comprising Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justices Joymalya Bagchi and N. Jayasurya, are expected to begin a new hearing of arguments in more than 90 petitions that challenged the decentralization of the PA and the inclusive development of all regions and the abrogation of the CRDA. Invoices, 2020, from August 23.

The cases were last dealt with by the same Chamber in early May, when they were supposed to have a physical hearing, but were unable to listen to the arguments in person due to the difficulty expressed by some lawyers in finding themselves. present in court due to the COVID pandemic. .

From Monday, cases will be heard in virtual and physical mode.

At the center of all the controversy are the proposed “three capitals” namely Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool as legislative, executive and judicial capitals respectively, for which the above enabling laws had been passed in the Assembly, but hit a stumbling block in the Council in the form of their referral by then-President Mr Ahmed Shariff to a select committee, which resulted in the adoption of a resolution in the Assembly for the abolition of the Council.

The petitions mainly include those challenging the appointment of the GN Rao committee, which recommended the development of the three capitals for as many vital functions, and the approval of its findings by the government’s high power committee.

The others oppose the transfer of the Amaravati offices to Hyderabad (envisaged in the AP Reorganization Act, 2014 as the common capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), the transfer of the High Court and the office of the Commissioner of vigilance and investigations in Kurnool, grants for the construction of millennium towers in Visakhapatnam, allocation of building land on Amaravati land acquired for the establishment of the capital and abolition of the Legislative Council (this proposal is pending with central government).

There are also petitions challenging the imposition of restraining orders in the existing capital region (Amaravati) under article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which are supposed to prevent protests by farmers and the general public. against the relocation of the “executive capital” from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam.

It can also be noted that the recent Cabinet meeting decided to move the Institution of Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta from Hyderabad to Kurnool even as some petitions which prayed for their transfer to the R&B buildings in Vijayawada were awaiting trial by the High Court.

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