Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh is slated to have a high court of its own at Amaravati on January 1, 2019. An order to set up a separate high court for Andhra Pradesh was issued by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday evening. The President issued the notification after Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same day during the morning. “The President hereby constitutes a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh, namely, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, from the 1st day of January, 2019 with the principal seat of such High Court at Amaravati in the State of Andhra Pradesh and the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall become the High Court for the State of Telangana,” said the order.

With the enactment of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on June 2, 2014. However, both of them have had a common high court at Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana. Telangana has been demanding for a separate high court for nearly four-and-half-years. The country will have 25 high courts with the inauguration of the new high court at Amaravati. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan observed, “We may place on record that in Amaravati a very big complex known as Justice City is under construction where the High Court and subordinate courts and even some tribunals would be accommodated and there is a provision for construction of residential complex for the Judges of the High Court and judicial officers of the subordinate courts.”

As per the notification issued by the Law Ministry, Justice Ramesh Ranganathan would be the head of the new high court. Besides the chief justice, the new high court will have 15 other judges including Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu. While Justice Ramesh Ranganathan is presently the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court,  Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu is serving as the judge of Kerala High Court. Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan, who is currently presiding over the affairs of the common high court, will confine himself to either of the high courts from January 1.

(With Agency inputs)