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Telangana High Court Dismisses PIL against Construction of New Secretariat Complex

File photo of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

File photo of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

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.

PV Ramana Kumar
  • News18 Hyderabad
  • Last Updated: June 29, 2020, 5:47 PM IST
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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.

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