The State of Odisha has filed a contempt petition within the Supreme Court docket in opposition to the State of Andhra Pradesh alleging that the latter has taken over sure villages belonging to the previous in violation of a high courtroom order.
The petition was talked about earlier than the Chief Justice of India by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh at the moment.
“It’s a grave constitutional disaster”, Vikas Singh mentioned requesting for itemizing the matter tomorrow.
The CJI agreed to listing the petition tomorrow, including that the mentioning was allowed solely as an exception.
The contempt petition pertains to Kotia group of villages which was an issue of an unique swimsuit filed by Orissa(because it was referred to as then) in 1968 in opposition to the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh.
In 2006, the Supreme Court docket dismissed the swimsuit as non-maintainable underneath Article 131 of the Structure. Nonetheless, the Court docket recorded within the order handed on March 30, 2006, an earlier endeavor given by each the states in 1968 to keep up established order.
The Naveen Patnaik-led authorities of Odisha now alleges that Andhra Pradesh has violated this established order order, which was handed on the idea of consent of each the events.
The contempt petition, filed via Advocate Sibo Sankar Mishra, states that whereas issuing notification for native physique election in Vizianagaram district final yr, the Andhra Authorities “clandestinely roped in” three villages from the Kotia group of villages falling inside Koraput district of Odisha and have included them in Vizianagaram district with new names. It’s alleged that these notifications, issued on March 5, 2020 by the federal government underneath YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, have been saved a “lifeless secret”.
Thus, the allegation is that Andhra Pradesh has taken over three grama panchayats belonging to Odisha and have renamed them and added them to AP by violating the established order order of the Supreme Court docket.
It’s additional alleged that Andhra Pradesh goes to carry elections in these new grama panchayats which have been snatched from Odisha. It’s acknowledged that the Odisha authorities acquired to know in regards to the transfer of Andhra Pradesh to carry native physique elections in these three villages solely on February 2, when the native Tehsildar went for a discipline go to in Kotiya group of villages.
Odisha claims within the petition that these villages have at all times been its half administratively and that it has undertaken a number of developmental actions within the area over time.
It’s acknowledged that elections for the Parliament, State Meeting and native our bodies have been happening in these villages since inception. There was no obstacle in anyway legally or in any other case in conducting election both to the meeting, parliament or for the native physique at any time limit created by the state of Andhra Pradesh and that is for the primary time that the election have been sought to be held within the disputed villages by the AP Authorities.
The petition refers back to the Electoral Rolls ready by the Election Fee of India to argue that the voters of those villages fall inside Koraput Constituency of Odisha.
“…it’s abundantly clear that the state of Orissa have been administrating constantly the villages in topic other than electing representatives for native our bodies and meeting and parliamentary constituency. Subsequently the try on the a part of the contemnor to conduct election within the newly self-named three villages pertaining to the territory of petitioner state is nothing however a willful try to sabotage the dictum of this Hon’ble Court docket”, the petition states.
The petition urges the Court docket to challenge contempt discover to Dr Mude Hari Jawaharlal IAS (Collector and District Election Authority, Vizianagaram), Adityanath Das IAS(Chief Secretary, AP) and Dr N Ramesh Kumar IAS(State Election Commissioner) for alleged violation of the order handed by the Supreme Court docket on March 30, 2006 which made absolute the endeavor given by each states in 1968 to keep up established order over the Kotiya group of villages.