Telangana judges go on mass casual leave over judges’ suspension

bannerHYDERABAD: Around two hundred judges in Telangana have gone on a mass leave for 15 days. The judges are demanding immediate revocation of suspended judges in the state. While two district magistrates were suspended by Hyderabad high court on Monday, additional 9 court judges were also relieved of their duties after over 100 judges took out a procession against the allocation of Andhra-origin judicial officers to the Telangana judicial cadre.

The Hyderabad high court, last week, made 200 judicial appointments, all of them from Andhra Pradesh. This sparked off protest from the judges’ community who demanded that the appointments be scrapped. The two states share a common high court ever since the bifurcation in 2014. The judges called it a ‘step motherly treatment’ towards Telangana as all the appointments were made from Andhra Pradesh and none from Telangana.

The court had suspended Telangana judges Association president K Ravinder Reddy, who is the 4th additional metropolitan sessions judge, and its secretary V Vara Prasad, a special sessions judge of Rangareddy district.

All India Judicial Employees Association’s general secretary B Lakshma Reddy said non-bifurcation of the High Court (after the creation of Telangana) was the root cause of the problem. “We have already issued a strike notice on various issues from July 1,” Reddy had said.

A member of Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee had said they may boycott the court duties at Court No 1 — court of the Acting Chief Justice — to protest the suspension.

Some 125 judicial officers of Telangana on Sunday gave their resignations to the Telangana Judges Association President, authorising him to hand them to the Governor (not immediately) as and when he felt right if the demands are not met.

Advocates and judicial employees across Telangana launched an agitation on June 6 protesting the provisional allocation of judicial officers between AP and Telangana.

They are opposing allocation of judicial officers hailing from (post-bifurcation) Andhra Pradesh to Telangana courts.

Telangana Advocates JAC co-convener T Sriranga Rao had said on Sunday that the allocation was done by the High Court without taking into consideration the guidelines framed by the HC itself in February this year.

“We have been seeking preparation of a fresh list of allocation between the two states as per the native district declared by the judicial officers at the time of entry into service,” Rao said.