Supreme CourtVIJAYAWADA: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to vacate the status quo order of the Andhra Pradesh high court on the formation of three capitals for AP. A bench of Justices Ashok Bushan, R Subash Reddy, and MR Shah heard the special leave petition (SLP) filed by AP government seeking orders to vacate stay given by the three-judge bench of the high court.
The SC said that it cannot interfere and incline in the case as the matter is posted for day-to-day hearing in high court. The apex court said the issue requires an early decision in high court. The high court, which passed interim orders on August 4, had extended the status quo on August 14 till August 27.
Rakesh Dwivedi, counsel for AP government, argued that total process and exercise on three capitals was at standstill with the status quo orders. He also stated that the both the bills on three capitals and abolition of APCRDA were passed in the state assembly and a gazette notification was also issued.
The state also cited a few old judgements of Supreme Court and several high courts in similar cases and requested the Supreme Court to vacate the stay. Senior advocate Fali S Nariman appearing for farmers said the presidential order provides for a judicial seat at Amaravati. After hearing the arguments, the court said that it cannot intervene in the issue.
Earlier on August 17, CJI SA Bobde decided not to hear the matter as his daughter is appearing for farmers. Later on August 19, Justice RF Nariman also decided not to hear the matter as his father Fali S Nariman is appearing for farmers.
The high court on Thursday will hear the batch of petitions challenging Three Capitals Bill and CRDA Repeal Bill passed by the state government. High court on August 4 directed the state government to file a counter affidavit on the writ petition filed by a group of farmers challenging the constitutional validity of two controversial bills on capital. Meanwhile, Amaravati JAC welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court.