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AP High Court Stays Jagan Govt GO For Shifting Offices to Kurnool

20-03-202020-03-2020 12:40:05 IST
Updated On 21-03-2020 16:51:16 ISTUpdated On 21-03-20202020-03-20T07:10:05.870Z20-03-2020 2020-03-20T07:09:21.264Z - 2020-03-21T11:21:16.596Z - 21-03-2020

AP High Court Stays Jagan Govt GO For Shifting Offices to Kurnool
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The Jagan Mohan Reddy Government has faced another setback in the Andhra Pradesh High Court over the capital move.

The government's order on shifting the office of the Vigilance Commissioner and Chairman of Commissionerate of Inquires and Offices of the members of the Commissioner of Inquires shall function in Kurnool has been stayed on Friday.

The YCP government, it may be recalled, announced the plan to have three capitals and decided to make Kurnool the judicial capital. accordingly, on January 31, a Government Order was issued for shifting of the two offices which were functioning from the Interim Government Complex (Secretariat) at Velagapudi to Kurnool district. As these offices are quasi-judicial in nature, the government claimed it had decided to shift them to Kurnool in the Rayalaseema region.

Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, in the GO, said on administrative grounds, the government has decided that the Office of the Vigilance Commissioner and Chairman of Commissionerate of Inquires and Offices of the members of the Commissioner of Inquires shall function in Kurnool.

interestingly, the Jagan government move came even after the High Court issued directives that the government officials concerned will have to pay for the expenses on shifting of offices from Amaravati to other places if it moved ahead with the decision.

The government had even asked the Engineer-in-Chief of Roads and Buildings and Collector of Kurnool district to identify suitable buildings in Kurnool to house the offices immediately.

It may be recalled that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government, which want to make Visakhapatnam as the executive capital, Kurnool as the judicial capital and Amaravati as the legislative capital, had failed to get legislation passed in the AP Legislative Council, where the Opposition TDP is in majority. 

The Decentralised Bill related to three capitals and decentralised governance was referred to the Select Committee of Legislative Council for eliciting public opinion.  

The High Court in a petition on the capital move said it would hold the government and the officials concerned responsible if any offices were relocated to the proposed new capitals. The court also asked the State government not to shift any of its offices to any other place. 




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