The Intelligence Bureau has been inquiring into the delays in bifurcation of the common High Court between AP and Telangana states.In the backdrop of T-advocates launching an agitation demanding bifurcation of the High Court and also against the provisional allocation of subordinate judicial officers between the two states, the IB has asked its local officers in Hyderabad to submit a report on the agitation and also on the reasons behind the delay in bifurcation of the High Court.
According to sources, the IB officers in the city have prepared a report informing their higher-ups in Delhi that as per the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 it is the AP government which has to provide either temporary or permanent accommodation for the establishment of the separate High Court in AP.Though the Centre has already allocated funds for Raj Bhavan, Secretariat and High Court, the AP government has not allocated the accommodation for establishment of the High Court, the report mentions. This, the sources quote the report as saying, is the main stumbling block behind the bifurcation of the judiciary between the two states.
Once the AP government allocates accommodation, either temporary or permanent, for the High Court and residences for judicial officers, it is for the Supreme Court and the Centre to take steps for issuance of a notification by the President constituting the separate High Court.IB sources revealed that intelligence wing officers in the city cited the Constitutional provisions and procedure contemplated under the Reorganisation Act for the constitution of the separate HC for AP, in their report.
The sources said that the IB officers also cited the circumstances led to court work being paralysed across the state, except in the common High Court, on Monday, due to the stir by subordinate judicial officers, judicial employees and T-advocates against the provisional allocation of subordinate judicial officers between AP and TS.The IB officers reported to their higher-ups that the HC verdict, categorically ruling that the high court of a particular state has to be located within its territorial jurisdiction when the TS government come forward to provide temporary accommodation for a separate HC for AP in Hyderabad till the AP government provided suitable accommodation for the court in that state.