The Telangana High Court on Monday approved construction of the new secretariat complex by demolishing the existing one and dismissed all the Public Interest Litigations against it.
A bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Abhishek Reddy delivered the verdict paving the way for the construction of the new secretariat complex.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had laid the foundation for the new secretariat in June last year.
Challenging the government's decision, Congress MLC Jeevan Reddy, PL Visweswar Rao and others had filed a PIL in the High Court. They had argued that construction of new secretariat involved expenditure and the state was facing a severe financial crisis.
They argued there was enough space in the existing buildings to accommodate the administration of a united Andhra Pradesh. With the requirements drastically reduced in a separate state, there was no reason for a a new Secretariat, the petitioners said.
The government has argued that the construction of the secretariat is a policy decision.
After hearing the case, the court dismissed the petition and said it cannot get involved in the decision taken by the Council of Ministers.