SC stays withdrawal of forces from Osmania University

Last Updated: Friday, February 19, 2010 - 13:33

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday
stayed till February 23 the Andhra Pradesh High Court order
directing withdrawal of Central paramilitary forces from
Osmania University campus, the hotbed of the volatile
Telangana agitation.

A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and T S Thakur,
however, directed the state Home Secretary to ensure that the
paramilitary forces are not allowed to misbehave in any manner
with the students at the campus.

The apex court said the paramilitary forces shall
operate strictly under the personal supervision of the Home
Secretary.

The apex court passed the order on an appeal filed by
the Andhra Pradesh government, challenging the High Court`s
direction to withdraw the paramilitary forces from the campus.

The AP government has also alleged that they strongly
suspect that Maoists have infiltrated the movement and perhaps
are inside the campus among the students.

However, this allegation was rebutted by Counsel
Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the students.

Andhra Pradesh government had yesterday approached the
apex court against the direction of the High Court asking it
to move out paramilitary forces from the University campus.

The state government had assailed the February 16
order, saying the High Court cannot order the removal of
paramilitary forces from the campus which is a hotbed of the
agitation for a separate Telangana state.

A division bench of the High Court had on February 16
upheld the directions of a single judge to move out special
forces from Osmania University campus.

The division bench had also said that the police
should interfere with the administration of the university
only on a specific request from the university authorities.

The bench had observed that the single judge was right
in his analysis that the Rapid Action Force was deployed in
the university campus without any study of the situation.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 19, 2010 - 13:33

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