New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Andhra Pradesh government to submit proof of its assertion that Maoist elements have infiltrated the agitation for Telangana being carried out by Osmania University students in Hyderabad. The SC Bench comprising Justice G S Singhvi and Justice A K Ganguly gave this directive while resuming the hearing of the states appeal against the recent order of the AP High Court that ordered the withdrawal of paramilitary forces from the campus.The Bench sought to know the basis for the states conclusive impression about the presence of Maoists on the campus.The counsel representing the state told the Bench that the government has inputs from the intelligence wing to this effect.The Bench then called for the concerned file that contained such information to be produced before them by February 25,and,in the meanwhile,extended the stay on the AP HC order till then.
Senior advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi represented the case for the state while SC advocate Prashant Bhushan argued for the students.The states counsel told the Bench that non-boarders and non-students are camping and addressing the students on the campus premises.We requisitioned for the deployment of central forces through six letters and the deployment is reviewed on a daily basis.On some occasions,we had reduced the number and at times we increased the number of the security personnel depending on the situation, he said. Saying that it is an emotional issue where young students are committing suicides,the students counsel Prashant Bhushan objected to the free entry and exits of police and said that police cannot just walk into a campus as and when they wish to do so and asked for the specific details of the arrests they made if their claims on Maoists are true.The Bench then also sought the details of such arrests. The states counsel also referred to lynching of public representatives inside the campus a few weeks ago and said it was because of nonboarders and also spoke of the objectionable language employed by some professors in their speeches at Vidyardhi Garjana in OU Arts College.Our DCPs letters addressed to the OU authorities requesting that non-boarders be evicted from the campus did not yield any response, he said.
T panel nodal office by mid-Mar : Srikrishna Committee Wont Seek Extension, To Submit Report On Time
Hyderabad: V K Duggal,membersecretary of the Justice Srikrishna committee on Telangana said on Tuesday that the panel would submit its report by Dec 31,2010 without seeking any extension. Duggal, who was in Hyderabad to seek state governments assistance to set up a nodal office in the city,said that a full-fledged office would start functioning from mid-March.A senior officer with adequate knowledge on the subject would be appointed nodal officer,he said. On arrival,the former home secretary held talks with state chief secretary S V Prasad at the Lake View guest house.There was heavy security cordon at the guest house to avert any possible protests by Telangana activists.Talking to media,Duggal sought to allay the fears that the terms of reference for the committe were vague. The terms of reference are very clear and there is no ambiguity, he said. Duggal said the committee would meet people who could not visit Delhi or Hyderabad to put forth their views.To facilitate interaction with the public,the committee would have interpreters,he said.We are planning as many visits as possible to Rayalaseema,Andhra and Telangana regions for the benefit of the ordinary public, Duggal said. Replying a query,he said the committee had no authority to amend the terms of reference.It was the Centre which prepared the terms of reference and they were mandated to the panel.So,only the government of India has the power to amend the terms of reference, Duggal said. Duggal,who at one point of time referred to Telangana as a beautiful state much to the amusement of the media,said the panel was not perturbed by the protests and boycotts. Earlier, speaking to TOI from New Delhi,Duggal said the panel had prepared a road map to carry forward its mandate in a time-bound manner.
Consultations with all political parties and other groups will be completed in three months from the time we receive their views and suggestions.We have given them 30 days time, he said. He said the committe would evaluate these suggestions and finalise the dates and venues for consultations with delegations of various parties and other groups.So far,we have fixed New Delhi and Hyderabad as the venues for consultations, Duggal added.
First representation from Lagadapati
The Justice B N Srikrishna Committee on Tuesday received the first representation from a Congress MP who opposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh saying a separate state will not do any good for the people of the region.Lagadapati Rajagopal,the Vijayawada MP who quit over the issue and then withdrew his resignation said in New Delhi mere sentiment should never be the ground for division of a state.If states are divided based on sentiments it will have far reaching repercussions.Definitely there will be more and more such demands, he said in a letter to committees member-secretary Duggal.PTI
JAC threatens to boycott Anti-T businessmen
Hyderabad: Telangana JAC convener M Kodandaram on Tuesday said the services and products of the companies owned by anti-Telangana businessmen would be boycotted.The list of products would be announced soon after holding meeting with Telangana organisations and the JAC partners. Alleging that a section of business community was opposing the demand for separate Telangana, he said their uttera-nces against the people of the region were whipping up passions among the students and resulting in suicides. He said because of this,the JAC felt that it was unethical to buy the products of such business-men. JAC opposes undemocratic stand taken by businessmen on the Telangana issue.We will not allow them to continue their economic activities in Telangana,Kodandaram said.He said the proposed two-day dharna by the employees of Singareni Collieries on Feb 24 and 25 had been postponed as some trade unions were yet to confirm their participation. Meanwhile,Telangana Youth JAC convener J Balakrishna Reddy said a two-day Telangana jatara would be organised in Delhi in the second week of March.
IN ASSEMBLY - Shun suicides,students urged
Hyderabad: Expressing concern over the increasing suicides by students and agitators for the Telangana cause,the state assembly on Tuesday appealed to them not to resort to extreme steps and leave the issue to political parties. Making an appeal following voiceferous demand from the TDP and other Telangana MLAs during zero hour,chief minister K Rosaiah said that students had a lot of future ahead and their lives were very valuable.The state needs your services,suicides are not desirable.One cannot achieve anything by taking their lives and I earnestly appeal to students and youth not to resort to suicides, he said. Welcoming the statement from the JAC of Osmania University students that henceforth there would be no suicides or bandhs and violence,the chief minister said that it came as a great relief for the government.He also appealed to the police to show utmost restraint in dealing with students agitation.He said though the police claimed that they were acting in self defence,the government was repeatedly instructing them to show utmost restraint.Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu joined the chief minister in appealing to the students not to resort to suicides and said the problem was a very sensitive and emotive one.Joining the members in expressing his concern,speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy on behalf of the entire House appealed to them to maintain calm and not to resort to suicides. The state needs your services and your life is precious both to your family and the state, the speaker said.
OU-JAC to keep off Srikrishna panel
The Osmania University Joint Action Committee (OU-JAC ) on Tuesday decided to boycott the procee-dings of Srikrishna committee beginning on Wednesday.The members of OU-JAC said that no student from Telangana would depose before the committee which,they said,should be dissolved.Speaking at a press conference in Hyderabad,the OU-JAC members said that they had urged students in 10 Telangana districts not to participate in the committees proceedings.TNN