Warangal: Not setting up a separate high court for Telangana is not only unconstitutional, but amounts to jeopardising the people’s rights, observed B Sudershan Reddy, a former Supreme Court judge, here on Thursday.
It was highly objectionable that a new State, with four crore people and an elected government, was being denied a high court of its own, he said, quoting Article 214. The former judge stated that all concerned should study the Article and check where they erred.
He was delivering the first Suravaram Pratap Reddy Memorial Lecture on ‘Is Telangana State without separate High Court constitutional?’.
Sri Pamulaparthi Sada- shivarao Memorial Foundation and Vaagdevi Colleges jointly organised the lecture, marking the release of book ‘A Comprehensive study on Sri Suravaram Pratap Reddy and his works’ authored by Dr Indurthi Prabhakar Rao.
The judge stated that whenever the people’s rights were violated they could not go either to State Assembly to raise voice or could not have a say in the administration. “High Court is the only constitutional body where they can seek redress.”
“Hence, a separate high court is a must to protect people’s rights. In its absence, their rights to appeal against injustice would go waste”. “When a person approaches the court he will be appealing to the whole nation to hear his plea, not just the judge sitting there,” Reddy explained.
He said Telangana had been exploited for long and denying a separate high court to the State could be seen an attempt to undermining the freedom and rights of its people.
He called upon the people to raise their voice and protest, while expressing his readiness to stand by them. He lauded the efforts of Indurthi Prabhakar Rao in bringing out the book.
Prabhakar Rao and Prof Ravva Srihari shared their experiences with Pratap Reddy. Former Minister V Lakshmikantha Rao praised the author’s work.
Prof Kovela Suprasanna Charya presided. Noted writer Ampasayya Naveen, Prof S Parmaji, in-charge Registrar of KU Prof MV Ranga Rao, BJP leader Ch Janga Reddy, Vaagdevi Colleges correspondent Ch Devender Reddy, Bar Association president G Ravi Kumar, KU PRO V Krishnamacharya, Sadashivarao Memorial Foundation president A Raghurama Rao were present.