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The Andhra Pradesh High Court Advocates’ Association (APHCAA) has written to Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court Thottathil B Radhakrishnan, calling for the transfer of all cases in which the subject matter or litigant lies in Andhra Pradesh to the newly established High Court.
A separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh commenced its operations at the start of this month at a makeshift campus at Amaravathi. Prior to the setting up of this separate High Court, the Hyderabad High Court (now, the Telangana High Court), catered to cases from both AP and Telangana, even after the split in 2014.
However, even after the bifurcation of the two High Courts, the APHCAA points out, cases pertaining to AP continue to be on the file of the Telangana High Court. This is because Section 40(3) of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 requires the Chief Justice of Telangana to expressly transfer such cases to the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Therefore, the APHCAA has requested the Chief Justice to issue necessary instructions to identify all cases where the subject matter is in AP, or where the party is a resident of the state, or where the State of Andhra Pradesh is a party, and transfer the same to the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, in the interest of justice and convenience.
It is reported that this letter has been converted into a Public Interest Litigation Petition and posted before a Division Bench of the Telangana High Court.
Read the APHCAA letter: