Mukul Rohatgi
Mukul Rohatgi

Jagan Mohan Reddy govt hires Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi to defend Andhra Pradesh's three-capital plan

Andhra Pradesh State's Planning Department is directed to earmark an amount of ₹5 crore as fees for Rohatgi.

Shruti Mahajan

The State of Andhra Pradesh has hired the services of Senior Advocate and former Attorney General for India Mukul Rohatgi to defend its move to introduce three capitals for the state.

Rohtagi will represent the Jagan Mohan Reddy government before the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.

As per a government order issued on January 22, the state government has directed for an amount of ₹5 crore to be earmarked as fees for Rohatgi's services.

An advance payment of ₹1 crore is to be made to Rohatgi by the planning department of the state government.

This government order came in the backdrop of writ petitions being filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court by several groups and individuals in relation to the issue concerning the state's capital.

The petitions broadly seek for a direction to the government to continue developmental activities in Amravati, which was sanctioned as the capital of Andhra Pradesh after the carving out of Telangana.

The YSRCP government plans to develop three cities as capital cities - Amravati as the Legislative capital, Visakhapatnam as the Executive capital, and Kurnool as the Judicial capital. Bills in this regard were passed by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly earlier this week and have been tabled before the Legislative Council.

In anticipation of the three-capital move being challenged before the Courts, the Reddy government has now hired Rohatgi, who is a known Constitutional Law expert.

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