Telangana

Errum Manzil demolition: HC hears PIL petitions

Errum Manzil Palace in Hyderabad that is proposed to be razed to make way for the Assembly building. File photo Nagara Gopal

Errum Manzil Palace in Hyderabad that is proposed to be razed to make way for the Assembly building. File photo Nagara Gopal  

State government’s earlier assurance not to demolish it recalled

The State government had assured the High Court nearly four years ago, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition, that it would not demolish Errum Manzil.

This point was brought to the notice of the division bench of Telangana HC comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akther by senior counsel D Prakash Reddy on Monday. The bench was hearing a series of PIL petitions challenging the State government’s proposal to demolish Errum Manzil for construction of a new Assembly building. Presenting arguments on behalf of one of the petitioners, Mr Prakash Reddy said that in 2015 a PIL petition was filed seeking a direction to the government not to demolish Errum Manzil.

The petition was heard by a division bench headed by the then acting Chief Justice Dileep B Bhosale, he said. During the argument, the then Advocate General K Ramakrishna Reddy gave an undertaking assuring the HC that the government would not demolish Errum Manzil till further orders. The court also passed an order instructing the State government not to demolish any structure declared as Heritage under HUDA Zoning Regulation Act-1981 without permission of the High Court .

The senior counsel told the bench that the State government had not filed its counter in that petition till now. He contended that the State government had no power to repeal the Regulation-13. This is because when the related statute was made, no provision was incorporated in it empowering the State government to declassify a building which was already declared as heritage structure .

The senior counsel sought time till Wednesday to present his arguments on other points raised by the bench. The bench posted the matter to Tuesday to hear the argument of Additional Advocate General.

Seats in private varsities

The division bench issued notices to the State government in a PIL petition seeking suspension of Clause 33 of Telangana State Private Universities Act-2018. Two research scholars J Shankar and K Balakrishna filed the petition stating that the Clause 33 of the Act provided only 25 per cent reservation of seats in the universities .

This was contrary to the Presidential Order which stipulated allotment of 85 % of seats to the students of the State, they contended.

ULB elections

The division bench has posted the petitions relating to elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the State for hearing to Tuesday. The standing counsel for State Election Commission G. Vidya Sagar on Monday submitted to the bench that the commission was ready to hold polls in 69 municipalities . He requested the bench to tag all the writ petitions filed by different persons challenging elections to ULBs on the grounds like delimitation of wards and reservations to various categories.

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