BHUBANESWAR: Bhubaneswar-based social organisation Bharatiya Bikash Parishad on Wednesday filed a public curiosity litigation (PIL) Odisha Excessive Court docket searching for course to the state authorities to take acceptable measures to safeguard its border with Andhra Pradesh and cease the panchayat elections being performed by the neighbouring state within the disputed area of Kotia in Koraput district.
The petitioner has made the Odisha house and income secretaries and collectors of the three bordering districts – Gajapati, Ganjam and Koaput – events within the case.
The transfer got here a day after the Odisha authorities requested the Advocate on File (AOR) – Sibo Sankar Mishra – to file a writ petition within the Supreme Court docket in opposition to Andhra Pradesh’s announcement for panchayat polls at three villages of Kotia.
Odisha legislation division, in a letter to Mishra, said: “You (Mishra) are engaged to file Writ Petition earlier than the Supreme Court docket difficult the notification of State Election Fee, Andhra Pradesh to carry panchayat election in three villages of Kotia space that are inside the territory of Odisha.”
Mishra is the AOR Supreme Court docket lawyer empanelled by the federal government of Odisha to look for circumstances earlier than the Apex court docket.
The Odisha income and catastrophe administration division has been requested to supply all related paperwork for submitting the petition.
The state authorities has identified that Andhra Pradesh took the unilateral choice on holding panchayat polls even because the border dispute involving Kotia is sub-judice within the Supreme Court docket since December 1, 1968.
The Kotia dispute is a long-pending border situation between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Each the states have been claiming sovereign rights over the realm, which include 27 small tribal hamlets on the border.
Andhra Pradesh has introduced to conduct panchayat elections in three of the 27 villages-Talaganjeipadar, Phatuseneri and Phagunaseneri of Kotia on February 13 and 17. The neighbouring state has listed these three villages of Odisha’s Koraput district underneath Salur Mandal in Vizianagaram.