A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justices R.M. Lodha and B.S. Chauhan of the Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted a petition by Andhra Pradesh-based advocate B. Purshottam Yadav seeking to restrain the Centre from any action on twin pronouncements made by the Union home minister, P. Chidambaram, on December 9 and 23 on the issue and fixed it for hearing on February 22.
The petitioner said both these pronouncements had plunged Andhra Pradesh into a crisis, disturbed public order and peace, divided the people vertically and caused huge damage to public and private properties.
The main legal ground to challenge the Central action by Yadav was that the twin pronouncements were merely “executive orders” having no constitutional sanction as the issue had neither been mentioned before the state Assembly, nor before Parliament.