The Supreme Court docket right now issued discover to the Andhra Pradesh authorities on a petition in search of contempt motion towards its state officers for notifying Panchayat polls in three villages managed by Odisha.
The Odisha authorities, whereas shifting the petition within the Supreme Court docket on Thursday, had stated the notification quantities to “invading” its territory.
The Naveen Patnaik authorities, whereas in search of pressing itemizing of their contempt plea, had cited that the officers of the southern state had been “wilfully violating” the established order handed by the courtroom within the unique swimsuit. It additionally sought punishment for them for having dedicated contempt of this courtroom.
Andhra Pradesh, in the meantime, had argued that the elections had been held in these villages earlier additionally.
The highest courtroom has requested the Andhra Pradesh authorities to undergo the petition and file its reply. The case can be taken up on February 19.
The highest courtroom had on December 2, 1968 directed each the states to keep up established order until the disposal of swimsuit and stated, “there shall be no additional ingress or egress on the territories in dispute, on the a part of both occasion”.
The swimsuit filed by Odisha underneath Article 131 of the Structure was lastly dismissed on technical floor by the highest courtroom on March 30, 2006. The highest courtroom, nonetheless, had then directed that established order be maintained until the dispute is resolved.
The Odisha authorities, in its newest plea, has sought contempt motion towards Andhra Pradesh’s three senior officers — Mude Hari Jawaharlal (contemnor-1), collector of Vizinagaram district; Adityanath Das, Chief Secretary of AP (contemnor-2), and N Ramesh Kumar, State Election Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh (contemnor-3).
The dispute over territorial jurisdiction over 21 villages popularly known as as “Kotia Group of villages” is a protracted pending border dispute between the 2 states with each claiming rights over the villages.
With inputs from PTI