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Telangana high court refuses to intervene in government policy decisions

The bench made it clear that the courts cannot have a judicial review on the policy decisions of governments.

Published: 06th July 2019 05:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2019 05:32 PM   |  A+A-

Telangana High Court

Telangana High Court (File Picture |ENS)

By Express News Service

Hyderabad: A division bench of the Telangana High Court issued notices to the State government on July 5 to respond to a PIL filed by a retired professor challenging the government’s decision to demolish Errum Manzil building.

The government had planned to destroy the Errum Manzil to construct a new Legislative Assembly and Council buildings in its place. The bench comprised of the Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akther said that it would hear the PIL along with other similar petitions on July 8.

The bench was dealing with the PIL by retired professor PL Vishweshwar Rao, vice-president of Telangana Jana Samithi and convenor of Telangana Democratic Forum, seeking directions from the court to the State government to not to demolish the 150-year-old heritage building. Petitioner's counsel Chikkudu Prabhakar urged the court to order the government from demolishing the Errum Manzil building which was built in the year 1870.

The bench made it clear that the courts cannot have a judicial review on the policy decisions of governments. The governments would look into all aspects before taking such decisions and the court can't deny them the discretion. Hence, no stay can be granted on the issue. The Courts can intervene if decisions taken were a violation of principles of natural justice, it noted.

The bench issued notices to the respondents, State chief secretary, principal secretary to roads and buildings, legislature secretary and GHMC commissioner for filing counter affidavits on the issue, and adjourned the case hearing to July 8.

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