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Andhra Capital shift: Legal Hurdles Continue!

Andhra Capital shift: Legal Hurdles Continue!

It looks like there is no end to the hurdles for the proposed shifting of executive capital of Andhra Pradesh from Amaravati to Visakahpatnam by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in the near future.

The Andhra Pradesh state high court had in the past declared that it would take up fresh hearing from May 3 on the petitions of the Amaravati farmers opposing the three capitals’ formation and abolition of AP Capital Region Development Authority.

On Monday, a three-member bench of the state high court headed by chief justice Arup Kumar Goswami, took up the hearing on the shifting of executive capital from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam, but deferred it to August 23.

Apparently, the high court is in position to take up regular hearing of any cases right now in the wake of growing number of Coronavirus cases which has become a cause of concern not only for the government but also to the judiciary.

The high court also postponed to June 2 the hearing on the cases pertaining to cancellation of SSC examinations and postponement of Intermediate exams in Andhra Pradesh. The government submitted a report to the court to this effect.

So, for all practical purposes, Jagan might have to defer his plans to shift at least his CMO to Visakhapatnam. It was reported that Jagan has fixed May 6 as the Muhurtham to his camp office to Vizag, without officially declaring that he is shifting administration from Amaravati.

But in the given scenario, even this camp office shifting might not be possible because of the Covid-19 restrictions. So, watch out for some more time!

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