FAST Must be within Constitution’s Framework by HYD HC

high-courtAs responding to Hyderabad High Court displeasure, K. Ramakrishna Reddy advocate-general of Telangana submitted to a division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar that the government had appointed a committee to formulate the guidelines for FAST.

He said “The government has not been enforcing any policy at present. If the government is going to implement the policy and the guidelines, only then can the petitioners move the court. The petitioners’ rights are not violated by just appointing a committee to formulate the policy.” To grant more time to file the counter affidavit for that he urged with court.

Reacting to the submissions, the CJ asked the AG to explain the justification in fixing November 1, 1956, as criteria to extend the benefit to students in the GO. Justice Sengupta said, “If a student from Bihar comes to study in TS, he also must come under the framework of the policy in view of national integration. The government may bring any policy, but it should be within the four walls of the Constitution. I hope your government will not play with the court like this.” The bench indicated displeasure towards Govt for not filing a counter despite a direction on December 15, 2014. The case adjourned for two weeks.

Two petitions to bench by former ministers of undivided AP, Dokka Manikya Varaprasada Rao and Pitani Satyanarayana, challenging a GO issued to work out modalities for the scheme and prescribing November 1, 1956 as the cut off date to extend financial assistance to students.

Medaram Jathara

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