The Supreme Court today will examine the 24 petitions filed against the Andhra Pradesh state division. Since the division process has been taken up in the Parliament, several petitions are being filed on the issue consistently. The SC has dismissed most of them. Petitions filed later, before and after the process got the nod of the Parliament and finally became an Act, 24 in number, have been put together by Judges Dattu and Baabde to be examined at one go today. Justice Gogoi will also sit on the case along with justices Baabde and Dattu.
Ex CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, Mekapati Rajmohan Reddy, Undavalli ArunKumar, CM Ramesh, Raghurama Krishnam Raju, Adusumilli Jayaprakash, a Delhi Lawyer and several others have filed petitions. The SC, on March 7th has clubbed all these cases together, issued notices to the State and Central government. PK Mohanty, the State Chief Secretary has filed his reply last week. The Central Government has not responded to the Court yet.
Almost all of the petitioners are expected to ask for the postponement of the Appointed Day, before a final decision on the issue is taken. As Article 3 of the Constitution puts the entire power in such issue in the hands of the Center, the petitions by all probability will be dismissed. But the petitioners are heard to be planning to approach the Constitutional Bench on the issue, asking for a stay in the bifurcation process in the mean time.
Fali S. Nariman, Harish Salve, Rajiv Dhawan, and several other legal luminaries will argue the case representing the petitioners.
UPDATE: The Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justices Dattu, Bobde, and Gogoi has rejected to stay the Appointed Day of Telanagana Formation day. It has posted all the 24 cases on the issue to August 20th next. The SC took strong objections to repeated petitions by the same persons on the contentious issue.