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Updated: January 7, 2011 11:15 IST

‘No influence from any protagonist'

J. Balaji
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B.N. Srikrishna.
B.N. Srikrishna.

The former Supreme Court Judge, Justice B.N. Srikrishna, who presented his report to the Centre on the Telangana issue, said he was not influenced by protagonists for or against the division of the State or the media.

The report was prepared purely going by people's sentiments, national interests, historical background and documents available in the archives.

Stating that he was not a person who would succumb to influence or pressure, Justice Srikrishna told The Hindu from Mumbai, said he was “totally satisfied” in heading the Committee and preparing the report.

Asked whether it could be taken that he had rejected the demand for a separate Telangana and instead suggested continuation of the united Andhra Pradesh by giving more powers to the Telanagana region for its social, economic and political developments, he said: “I don't want to say anything more than what is there in the report. You interpret the report in an intelligent manner.”

Member-Secretary V.K. Duggal said the committee, within a short period of 10 months, had prepared the report in an “unbiased and professional manner” and made it readable and understandable to the common man as far as possible. There was no pressure or influence from the Centre or the Andhra Pradesh government, the political parties and other organisations at any point of time.

Meanwhile, Committee sources said of the 1.60 lakh petitions or views received through various sources like e-mail, letters, petitions and expression of views during the personal hearing, only those communications or views which were made after a thorough research or analysis were taken into consideration and used in preparing the final report.

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