On Friday, comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar of the Hyderabad High Court refused to grant status quo on a dispute between the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) and the Telangana government concerning utilisation of funds of the Council.
The APSCHE challenged the HC that challenging about the decision of the State Bank of Hyderabad to freeze its account at the Shanti Nagar branch in the city alleging that the bank free-zed its account at the personal decree of the Telangana government.
When both the petitions came up the bench said that both petitions involved identical issues it will be heard together. Under Article 131-C of the Constitution and the AP Reorganisation Act it is against Council’s account to freeze.
The APSCHE had no rights to withdraw the amount from the bank contended Telangana advocate general K. Ramakrishna Reddy. He said the Telangana State Council of Higher Education has got the power and was entitled to utilise funds.
The AP government operating the funds of the Council was a violation of Section 75 of the AP Reorganisation Act he said and he also urged the court to order status quo to restrain the AP Council from operating the bank accounts. The case was postponed to February 25.