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Under no political pressure, says Justice Srikrishna

Justice B N Srikrishna, who is heading the committee appointed by the Centre to examine the situation in Andhra Pradesh over the Telangana issue, today said his panel was not facing any political pressure.



Hyderabad: Justice B N Srikrishna, who is
heading the committee appointed by the Centre to examine the
situation in Andhra Pradesh over the Telangana issue, today
said his panel was not facing any political pressure.

"All my life, nobody has dared to pressurise me. Not
even my parents, forget political leaders," he told reporters
here during a two-day visit to the Andhra Pradesh capital.

He was asked whether the committee faced any political
pressure.

On the reported complaint from CPI that the government
did not give some information, including 1969 Bhargava
committee report on Telangana, Srikrishna said nothing can be
hidden in today`s world where everything is in public domain.

"How can it be? With RTI, everything is available today.
Unless the government amends the RTI Act, judges` assets,
Cabinet discussions, everything will be available today."

"What about committee report. I don`t think so. How can
it be. In the good old days, it used to happen. These are not
the days of hiding anything. Everything is in public."

"Why do you think I am sitting here and talking to all of
you? I could have done the whole thing sitting in Vignan
Bhavan (in Delhi). Anyway, it can never be hidden from us. We
have to look into it, we will certainly ask for it, we will
get it on our table," he said.

Asked how the committee would separate chaff from grain
given the enormous data received by it, Srikrishna said,
"that is exactly the technique of a judge. I have heard so
many matters where lots of information was given. I have the
competent assistance on both sides (colleagues)."

To a query, committee`s member-secretary V K Duggal said
the committee decided its own schedule and plan of action.

The committee is meeting various groups, intellectuals
and others from Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema
during its two-day visit.

Duggal said the committee would meet three separate
groups from Telugu Desam and also All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul
Muslimeen and IUML between Monday and Wednesday next week.

The committee would interact with one or more groups
from ruling Congress and others on May 17 and 18.

The panel would tour various districts in July after
completing meetings with political parties and other groups
during May and June, Duggal said.

Srikrishna said the work of the committee is going on
smoothly and it was "keeping very much to the schedule".

PTI

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