President Kovind appoints Justice Praveen Kumar as acting Chief Justice of Andhra High Court

Ramnath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday appointed Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar as the new acting Chief Justice of new Andhra Pradesh High Court that will come into existence from the very first day of the new year January 1.

A day before on Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind issued a gazette notification ordering the setting up of a separate High Court in Amravati.

Since the state was bifurcated between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on June 2, 2014, both the states were sharing a common High Court, situated at Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana.

The notification ordered that the from January 1, 2019, the separate High Court in Amravati will be called the ‘High Court of Andhra Pradesh’ and the previous High Court in Hyderabad will be called the ‘High Court of Telangana.’ While the Senior most Judge of the current AP High Court was appointed to the new post.

“Consequent upon the constitution of separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh by thePresident vide notification dated December 26, and in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar, senior-most Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, to
perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from January 1, 2019” read an official statement.

Andhra Pradesh ever since bifurcation has been constantly pressing for a separate high court for several years, but the central government claimed that the infrastructure was not ready so it was not feasible to create a separate high court.

The issue reached the Supreme Court in November this year. The Apex Court gave a nod to the Andhra Pradesh government to issue a notification in the matter so that a separate high court in Amaravati can start functioning in the new building by the earliest.

With the creation of this new High Court, the country now has 25 High Courts.

With Inputs from ANI

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