Court upholds deletion of 26 castes from BC list

September 05, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 28, 2016 03:32 pm IST - HYDERABAD:

A division Bench of Hyderabad High Court comprising Justice R. Subhash Reddy and Justice A. Shankar Narayana on Friday upheld the action of the Telangana government in deleting 26 castes from the list of Backward Classes.

The Bench was dismissing a batch of petitions moved by several students and parents challenging the deletion of 26 castes including Kalinga, Toorpu Kapu, Gavara, Setti Balija , Nagavaddilu and other castes, from the list through GO Ms No 3 and 16 on the ground that those castes did not exist in Telangana.

The Bench considered the recommendations of the Member Secretary in which he noted that the Backward Classes Commission, which has recommended inclusion of the 26 castes clearly stated at the time of inclusion that these castes exist in Andhra region only.

‘Settle the matter on BRAOU, TU services’

The Hyderabad High Court on Friday directed Centre to intervene in the dispute between AP and Telangana State governments for continuation of services of B.R. Ambedkar Open University and Potti Sriramulu Telugu University to the students of Andhra.

The court directed the Centre to frame the guidelines as per Section 75 of the AP Reorganisation Act to settle the dispute between both the States within 8 weeks. The court made it clear that AP shall bear salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff working in study centres of both the varsities located in AP from the month of August 2015 onwards.

A division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice S.V. Bhatt was dealing with petitions separately by the AP government, Prof. P. Chenna Reddy of Telugu University and taken up the matter.

The High Court has suo motto taken up a case with regard to the decision of the Telangana government not to extend services of the Ambedkar Open University to the regional centres in AP.

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