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Odisha-Andhra Pradesh Border Dispute Likely To Be Settled; Supreme Court Adjourns Contempt Plea

Srishti Ojha
31 Aug 2021 2:05 PM GMT
Odisha-Andhra Pradesh Border Dispute Likely To Be Settled; Supreme Court Adjourns Contempt Plea
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned for a month the contempt petition filed by State of Odisha against the State of Andhra Pradesh alleging that the latter has taken over certain villages belonging to the former in violation of a top court order.A Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice JK Maheshwari granted the adjournment on request of Senior Advocate...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned for a month the contempt petition filed by State of Odisha against the State of Andhra Pradesh alleging that the latter has taken over certain villages belonging to the former in violation of a top court order.

A Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice JK Maheshwari granted the adjournment on request of Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appearing for State of Odisha who informed the Court that the States are likely to settle the matter.

"Let it be resolved by political indulgence" the Bench responded.

The State of Andhra Pradesh was represented by Senior Advocate S Niranjan Reddy and Advocate Mahfooz Nazki before the top Court.

The present contempt petition relates to the Kotia group of villages which was a subject matter of an original suit filed by Orissa(as it was called then) in 1968 against the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh.

In 2006, the Supreme Court dismissed the suit as non-maintainable under Article 131 of the Constitution. However, the Court recorded in the order passed on March 30, 2006, an earlier undertaking given by both the states in 1968 to maintain status quo.

The Naveen Patnaik-led government of Odisha now alleges that Andhra Pradesh has violated this status quo order, which was passed on the basis of consent of both the parties.

The contempt petition, filed through Advocate Sibo Sankar Mishra, states that while issuing notification for local body election in Vizianagaram district last year, the Andhra Government "clandestinely roped in" three villages from the Kotia group of villages falling within Koraput district of Odisha and have included them in Vizianagaram district with new names. It is alleged that these notifications, issued on March 5, 2020 by the government under YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, were kept a "dead 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 status quo order of the Supreme Court.

It is further alleged that Andhra Pradesh is going to hold elections in these new grama panchayats which have been snatched from Odisha. It is stated that the Odisha government got to know about the move of Andhra Pradesh to hold local body elections in these three villages only on February 2, when the local Tehsildar went for a field visit in Kotiya group of villages.

Odisha claims in the petition that these villages have always been its part administratively and that it has undertaken several developmental activities in the region over the years.

It is stated that elections for the Parliament, State Assembly and local bodies have been taking place in these villages since inception. There has been no impediment whatsoever legally or otherwise in conducting election either to the assembly, parliament or for the local body at any point in time created by the state of Andhra Pradesh and this is for the first time that the election have been sought to be held in the disputed villages by the AP Government.

The petition refers to the Electoral Rolls prepared by the Election Commission of India to argue that the voters of these villages fall within Koraput Constituency of Odisha.

"...it is abundantly clear that the state of Orissa have been administrating continuously the villages in subject apart from electing representatives for local bodies and assembly and parliamentary constituency. Therefore the attempt on the part of the contemnor to conduct election in the newly self-named three villages pertaining to the territory of petitioner state is nothing but a willful attempt to sabotage the dictum of this Hon'ble Court", the petition states.

The petition urges the Court to issue contempt notice 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 passed by the Supreme Court on March 30, 2006 which made absolute the undertaking given by both states in 1968 to maintain status quo over the Kotiya group of villages.

Case Title: State of Odisha vs Mude Hari Jawaharlal & Ors

Also Read: Kotiya Dispute- No Question Of Contempt As No Direction Was Passed By Supreme Court: Andhra Pradesh Responds To Odisha's Contempt Plea

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