The Supreme Court on Friday refused to concede the request of the state government to transfer a petition to the AP High Court. A division bench comprising justice G S Singhvi and justice Ranjana Prakash Desai was hearing a petition by PV Krishnaiah, a practicing advocate of the AP High Court, seeking action against the advocates allegedly involved in vandalism on the High Court premises in September 2010. The bench was also hearing a contempt case by Adusumilli Jayaprakash, former MLA of Vijayawada.
It may be recalled that the advocates of the Telangana region created chaos for three days on September 15, 16 and 17 of 2010 following a boycott call given by the Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee seeking 42 per cent share in appointment of law officers to the High Court. Earlier, the Apex Court has directed the Registrar General of the AP High Court to file an affidavit giving details of the dates on which the High Court could not function in view of boycott call given by the Telangana Advocates JAC.
The court also directed the Registrar General to indicate whether the advocates of the High Court and others have prevented judges from discharging their constitutional duties. Besides, the Supreme Court has directed the secretary of Andhra Pradesh Bar Council to file an affidavit by stating as to what disciplinary action has been taken against the advocates who have given call for boycott of the High Court and other courts in the state. The Registrar General filed an affidavit informing about the vandalism which took place on the High Court premises in September 2010.
When these petitions came up for hearing, senior counsel Venkata Ramani, appearing for the AP government, urged the court to transfer the case to the AP High Court as a suo moto contempt case initiated by the High Court against the alleged erring advocates was pending before it.
The police also registered cases against the advocates involved in the vandalism. It was appropriate to hear the case by the High Court as it was adjudicating the matter. The bench refused to transfer the case by pointing out that it was a serious case.