HC orders BRS govt to celebrate Republic Day, hold parade

Furthermore, the AG has been directed to immediately communicate this order to the government so arrangements can be made.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  25 Jan 2023 12:06 PM GMT
HC orders BRS govt to celebrate Republic Day, hold parade

Hyderabad: Justice Madhavi Devi of the Telangana High Court has passed an interim order directing the state government to celebrate Republic Day and hold a parade by following guidelines dated January 19th, 2023, issued by the Union of India.

The court ordered the government to organise the Republic Day event to the best of its ability and to permit large-scale gatherings. However, it also found that the inability to prepare for the event, as cited in the submission of the Advocate General, is unsatisfactory.

Furthermore, the AG has been directed to immediately communicate this order to the government so arrangements can be made. The judge was dealing with a Lunch Motion filed by Mr K. Srinivas, a resident of Gowlipura, Hyderabad. He was aggrieved that the BRS government refused to hold the 74th Republic Day celebrations at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad.

The petitioner contends that the BRS government has violated the Standard Operating Procedure dated January 19th, 2023, formulated by the Ministry of Defence, New Delhi. The circular directed all the states and union territories to make arrangements and celebrate the 74th Republic Day spectacularly.

"Non-adherence to such an order of the Ministry of Defence is unconstitutional," says Mr T Suryakaran Reddy, who represented Mr Srinivas.

The petitioner has referred to a Times of India article dated January 24th 2023, which says that the BRS government has asked the Governor to hold the celebrations at the Raj Bhavan on Republic Day, thereby breaking the tradition of holding the parade at the Secunderabad Parade grounds after duly inviting the Hon'ble Governor.

Congress party welcomes HC order

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Senior Vice President G.Niranjan welcomed the orders given by the High Court on the conduct of Republic Day. In a release given, he said that the government should take care to prevent such developments from happening in the future. "As per tradition, the CM should attend the Republic Day celebrations and behave soberly. Governors and CM's need to put politics aside and respect each other and set an precedent to the future generations", he added.

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