New Delhi: The Chief Justice S.A. Bobde today recused himself from hearing a plea challenging the stay order passed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on the government’s decision to trifurcate the state capital.
The recusal decision was taken after senior advocate Ranjit Singh informed the bench of CJI Justice Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian that the Chief Justice’s daughter had appeared for one of the private parties in the said case before the high court.
Accordingly, the matter has been listed before another bench for next hearing on August 19.
On July 31, the governor gave his assent to the state government’s decision to make Kurnool as the judicial capital, Visakhapatnam as the executive capital, and Amaravati as the legislative capital.
Thereafter, a plea was made before the High Court of Andhra Pradesh by a group of farmers urging the court to stay the decision of the state government to trifurcate the state’s capital at Kurnool, Visakhapatnam and Amaravati. The high court stayed the trifurcation move of the state government after which an appeal has been made before the Supreme Court.
– India Legal Bureau