Ten days after refusing to stay the tabling of the Telangana Bill in Parliament, the Supreme Court today once againg dismissed two petitions challenging division of Andhra Pradesh.
The apex court said it cannot take a different stand and different view from what it had taken on February 7 while terming the plea against Telangana as "premature".
A bench comprising justices HL Dattu and S A Bobde declined to accept the contention that the apex court can now go into the issue of Telangana as the Bill is before Parliament. "Parliament is seized of the Bill. This is not a time for court to look into it. We understand your point that it is introduced," the bench said while adding that the plea is "premature" for it to be entertained. The counsel appearing for the petitioner was submitting that earlier, the introduction of the Bill was not in consonance with Article 3 of the Constitution that deals with introduction of bill on formation of a new state.
However, the bench said, "this point was covered on that day (February 7) in nine petitions. We cannot take different stand and different view now." The apex court on February 7 had refused to stay the tabling of the Bill and referred to its earlier order of November 18,2013, when it had said that it was premature at that time to entertain any petition relating to the opposition to the bifurcation of the state. "We do not see any change in the stage between November 18, 2013 and today (February 7). So we decline to interfere at this stage," the bench had said.
However, it had clarified that the averment made in the writ petitions are open to be entertained at an appropriate stage.