Make eighth chapter of Telangana report public: HC

The 8th chapter of Srikrishna report deals with "law & order and internal security dimensions".

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 12:30 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to make public the eighth chapter of the Justice Srikrishna Committee report on the issue of statehood for Telangana region.

Justice L Narsimha Reddy, who had reserved his order on March 16, asked the Central government to provide copies of the eighth chapter to all political parties.

M Narayan Reddy, a lawyer, had filed the petition seeking a direction to the government to make the chapter public.

The Srikrishna Committee, which looked into the demand for a separate Telangana state and opposition to it, submitted its report to the Centre in December last year. It was made public on January 6 but the eighth chapter on "law & order and internal security dimensions" was not released.

The five-member panel, which examined the long-term internal security implications, including the growth of Maoist activities, submitted the note to the Ministry of Home Affairs in a separate cover.

The Central government had argued that the eighth chapter could not be made public given the sensitive nature of the Telangana issue.