HYDERABAD: Expressing displeasure over statues still being placed in the middle of roads despite an 8-year-old Supreme Court order prohibiting it, the Telangana high court on Wednesday told the state government to furnish details of all such statues erected since the 2013 SC order.
A bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, which was hearing a 2010 PIL filed by advocate MAK Mukheed seeking removal of such statues, said that successive state governments have failed to implement the SC order. “Governments have become helpless,” the bench said, expressing its despair over the state of affairs.
When state counsel A Sanjeev Kumar told the court about GO MS No. 18 dated February 18, 2013, issued by the composite AP state prohibiting installation of statues on roads, a fuming bench asked: “You have with you an order from the apex court and an order from the state government. What did you do in the last eight years?
“The statues of street leaders were also put up in the middle of roads and on road sides in Hyderabad and all over the state. What is the use of the orders of the court and GOs when you do not intend to implement them?” the HC asked
The bench said that since the petitioner too was not showing any interest in pursuing the matter, it would close this petition. “But we will direct the registry to register a suo motu petition on the same subject. From now onwards we will pursue the matter,” the bench said.
The bench gave notices to the secretaries of municipal administration, R&B and the GHMC commissioner to file affidavits explaining their efforts in the matter within four weeks. “Statues are coming up all over the state and your affidavits should depict the picture of the entire state,” the bench said. The judges also sought to know from the state whether it had framed any guidelines in the matter after the SC judgment.


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