AP govt appeals lawyers to end strike for HC benches

The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday appealed to the lawyers in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to withdraw their agitation for High Court benches in their regions as the demand is being examined positively.

Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 16:35 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government
on Wednesday appealed to the lawyers in coastal Andhra and
Rayalaseema to withdraw their agitation for High Court benches
in their regions as the demand is being examined positively.

"The demand for High Court bench is long-pending. Though
the state is big, there has been no High Court bench. The
demand is justified. The Chief Minister has already said the
government will examine the issue. We appeal to them to call
off their stir in public interest," state Law Minister M
Venkata Ramana told reporters.

The government needs time to address the issue as state
government, High Court, Centre and Supreme Court are involved
in the matter, he said, adding that the government cannot give
any timeframe for resolving the issue.

"We cannot fix a timeframe. But the Chief Minister has
already said the government would examine the issue. That
itself is like beginning the process," the minister said.

Lawyers in coastal Andhra have been demanding setting up
a High Court bench near Vijayawada, while their counterparts
in Rayalaseema are seeking a bench to be established in
Tirupati.

Meanwhile, lawyers in north-coastal Andhra have raised
the demand for setting up a bench in Visakhapatnam.

PTI