Amaravati capital row: CJI Lalit recuses himself from hearing on AP's petition
Chief Justice of India U U Lalit recused himself from the Supreme Court bench that is hearing a petition against Amaravati as the only capital of AP
NEW DELHI: In a significant development, Chief Justice of India U U Lalit recused himself on Tuesday from the Supreme Court bench that is hearing a petition against Amaravati as the only capital of Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh Government, which is pursuing the establishment of three capitals as part of its initiative to decentralise the administrative power, has in the past approached the Supreme Court with a special leave petition (SLP). The YS Jaganmohan Reddy-led State Government, in its petition, challenged the Andhra Pradesh High Court order that only Amaravati should be developed as the capital of the state.
The petition was listed for hearing on Tuesday before a three-member division bench of the Supreme Court headed by the CJI. As soon as the petition came up for hearing, CJI Lalit recused himself and ordered the registrar to transfer the case to another bench. He stated that, as a lawyer, he had argued in the past cases linked to various aspects of the Andhra Pradesh capitals issue and maintained that it would not be appropriate on his part to hear the petition.
CJI Lalit also refused to announce a date for the hearing of the petition, saying that the bench which would take up the petition would also decide the date for its hearing.