HYDERABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued notices to the Centre, Telangana government and others concerned to respond to a special leave petition filed by Pasham Yadagiri, a senior journalist and president of Hyderabad Zindabad NGO, challenging the constitutional validity of Telangana Heritage Act, 2017.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Surya Kant, passed this order in the case filed by Yadagiri. Notices are also issued to the vice-chairman of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), director of the Department of Archaeology and Museums and the secretary to the State legislative assembly.
The petitioner had earlier challenged the Act before the division bench of Telangana High Court.He also challenged the State cabinet’s decision of June 2019 to demolish the 150-year-old Irrum Manzil building and to construct a new State Legislative Assembly and Council complex in its place.
He sought the court directions to the State to protect and conserve the monuments set out under the Andhra Pradesh Ancient, Historical Monument and Remains Site Act, 1960.