New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday castigated
the Andhra Pradesh government for failing to rein in the
Telanagana agitators, indulging in "sheer goondaism and
vandalism" in the high court premises during their September
2010 stir for the separate state.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhyaya
directed the state`s police chief and home secretary to file
affidavits detailing the preventive measures and subsequent
actions taken to curb violence in the high court premises.
The bench also asked the Indian Railways to file its
reply, detailing the loss suffered by it during the stir.
The bench gave the orders while hearing advocate P V
Krishnaiah`s plea for actions against the perpetrators of the
violence and compensation for those killed and wounded in the
ongoing two-year-old stir for the separate state.
The petitioner had contended that normal activities in the
state, including those in courts were paralysed during the
stir with the agitationists hurling missiles at judges in
court rooms and prevented them from functioning.
"What are you doing? You are supporting vandalism. What
have you been doing all these times? You should have
physically prevented them. It is sheer goondaism in the high
court. This seems to be something extra-ordinary.
"What is this? You (advocates) would have even killed that
judge. The state is watching like a silent spectator," the
bench told counsel Nageshwar Reddy, who appeared for AP.
Meanwhile, the Telangana Political Joint
Action Committee (JAC) today threatened to intensify the
separate statehood agitation once again if the ruling Congress
fails to make its stand clear on the issue before the
Parliament resumes for the second part of the Budget Session
on April 24.