Telangana issue: SC advances date of hearing

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today advanced to February 22 the hearing of a writ petition challenging the announcement made by the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on December 9, 2009 relating to Telangana state.

A Bench comprising of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices R M Lodha and Deepak Verma posted the matter for February 22 on the plea of Bondada Purushottam Yadav, a practising advocate from Andhra Pradesh, that the matter be listed urgently.

The petition was initially listed for March 29. In a brief hearing, Yadav argued that such statements creates rifts among the communities having stakes in the matter and are inimical to the national interests.

The apex court had earlier dismissed a PIL filed by a former Member of Parliament M Narayan Reddy seeking a direction to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker to accept the resignation submitted by 139 MLAs on the Telangana issue.

Chidambaram's statement that a mechanism for forming the new state was being put in place by the government had been followed by several days of strikes and demonstration throughout Andhra Pradesh.