A Division Bench of the A.P. High Court comprising Chief Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Vilas Afzulpurkar on Monday disposed of the writ petitions filed by microfinance institutions (MFIs) which had challenged the constitutional validity of the State government’s legislation to regulate their activities. The Bench said that the State government may consider the feasibility of continuing to implement this statute in the light of a Bill in Parliament on the same subject. The A.P. government had brought in Andhra Pradesh Micro Finance Institutions (Regulation of Money Lending) Act of 2011 to regulate the activities of MFIs following public outcry over the coercive methods used by them to collect dues from the poor. This was challenged by the institutions on the ground that the Reserve Bank of India had control over them and the State government could not make any law. These cases were admitted last year and the court had made it clear that MFIs in the State had to register themselves and do business only as per sections nine and sixteen of the Act. The Bench was not inclined to stay the operation of the ordinance. The interim orders are to continue for another six weeks.