High Court Questions Jagan: In yet another blow to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan MohanReddy’s plans to have three capitals, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh asked the state to submit the status report on the earlier verdict with regards to development of Amaravati as the capital of the state! This unexpected order from High Court is definitely proving the point that Jagan will have to accept Amaravati and start working on its development.
With the AP CM stating that it doesn’t have funds to develop Amaravati as per the orders of the High Court, which clearly stated that within six months the capital city has to be developed as per the previous government’s plans, the farmers of the region filed contempt of court petition against the state government.
A contempt of court petition filed by farmers of the Amaravati area has been filed in the high court alleging that the AP government was not enforcing a previous High Court judgment on the capital Amravati. The farmers stated in it that the judgment was not deliberately enforced.
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Muralidhar, a lawyer for the farmers, told the court that the execution of the capital judgment was being delayed on the pretext of lack of funds. Responding to this, the High Court directed the state government to give a status report on Amaravati. The court adjourned the case till July 12.
The High Court delivered its final verdict in March after hearing petitions filed by several farmers in the capital, including the capital, challenging the decentralisation (three capitals) laws. “Plots should be allotted to the shareholders within three months to develop Amravati as the capital and ifrastructure should be provided for the plots within six months,” High Court said adding that the master plan should be implemented as it stands. The court also said Assembly does not have the power to make any laws on the capital and the existing law cannot be repealed.