Members of the Telangana Judges Association who went on a mass leave last month in protest against the suspension of 11 judges called off their agitation and resumed duty on Wednesday.
Around 200 judicial officers, working in various capacities in courts across the state, went on the mass leave on June 28 amid the agitation against the appointment of judges from Andhra Pradesh to Telangana courts.
On June 26, over 100 judges under the banner of Telangana Judges Association had taken out a procession and submitted a representation to the governor, protesting against the allotment of judges from Andhra Pradesh to the subordinate courts in Telangana. The Hyderabad high court, which is shared between AP and Telangana, then suspended 11 judges on disciplinary grounds for taking part in the agitation.
“The extraordinary general body meeting of Telangana Judges Association here today decided to call off the mass leave protest in view of appeals made by the Chief Justice of India, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governor and the acting chief justice of the high court of judicature at Hyderabad,” a judicial officer told PTI.
Regarding the demand of revocation of suspension of the 11 judges, he said, “The acting chief justice (of high court) will take care of it”.
“The CJI, governor and acting chief justice advised us not to continue with the protest. The acting chief justice is already seized of the issue of provisional list [of allocation of judges] and he assured us to look into the matter...[so] we decided to call off the mass leave protest,” he said.
However, Federation of Bar Associations of Telangana’s president G Jithender Reddy told PTI the agitation will continue. “The federation is going to conduct a meeting at Warangal after Ramzan to discuss future course of action,” he said, adding that the judges association did not inform the federation about the Wednesday meeting.
Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee’s co-convener T Sri Rangarao said it too would call an extra-ordinary general body meeting in a day or two to chalk out the future course of action.