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3-capitals case: Will HC dismiss farmers' petitions?

3-capitals case: Will HC dismiss farmers' petitions?

With the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh submitting a memorandum in the state high court with all details on the repeal of three capitals’ bill in the assembly, the question of whether the high court will dismiss the petitions on the issue has arisen now.

On behalf of the government, state special chief secretary Y Srilakshmi on Friday presented a memorandum in the high court, as per the latter’s direction.

In the memorandum, the government said it had introduced a bill repealing the two laws on APCRDA abolition and three capitals in the assembly on November 23 and in the council on November 24. And both the bills were approved unanimously.

“Since the earlier laws have now been repealed, the petitions opposing the same have become infructuous. The high court can take an appropriate action in this regard,” the government told the court.

Since the government itself has withdrawn the bills, there is no point in the high court conducting any hearing on the petitions opposing the same. It may have to dismiss the petitions on its own, or direct the petitioners to withdraw the petitions.

But since the government said it would reintroduce the bills afresh after due modifications, the petitioners might argue that their pleas could still be valid as the chief minister categorically said he would continue with the three capitals plan and so, Amaravati cannot be the sole capital.

It remains to be seen how the high court will respond to the arguments of both the sides and give its verdict.


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