Nine lower court judges in Telangana have been suspended by the state's High Court on Tuesday as the lawyers and judges intensified their agitation against the provisional allocation of judges between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The move comes a day after two lower court judges were suspended for participating in a procession and submitted a representation of their demands to the Governor on Sunday under the banner of the Telangana Judges Association.

A file photo of the protest | Source: PTI

So here is all you need to know about the controversy:

What is the whole issue about?

The issue is about the provisional allocation of judges between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The root cause of the whole issue is the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into two states -Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2014. While the states were divided, the High Court remained common between the two.

So what's the problem?

The advocates and Bar Associations in Telangana and several lower court judges are protesting against the provisional list because it had judges from Andhra Pradesh being posted in Telangana.

They are also demanding the bifurcation of the High Court as per the Andhra Pradesh State Re-organization Act, 2014.

A file photo of the Andhra Pradesh / Telangana High Court | Source: WikiCommons

Who is protesting?

200 judicial officers in Telangana have decided to go on a mass leave for 15 days. They include members of the Bar Association of High Court and all districts of Telangana state, along with the Telangana Advocates JAC, Telangana Judges Association, State Judicial Employees Association and Telangana Law Officers Association.

What is the role of the centre?

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government has blamed the Centre for being insensitive towards the cause by not bifurcating the High Court so far.

However, Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has said that the Centre has no role in the bifurcation of a high court. He said that creation of a new High Court is the prerogative of the Chief Minister of Telangana and the Chief Justice of that High Court. He also added that it is the responsibility of the Chief Minister to provide all the requisite infrastructure for it.

A file photo of the protest | Source: PTI

Why is it a cause of worry?

The strikes have completely paralysed the judicial proceedings in the state. Several court complexes in all the ten districts of the state are not able to function because of strikes by judicial officers and lawyers.

What next?

The agitators have clearly maintained that they won't back down despite the High Court suspending many lower court judges. They have threatened to begin a total strike by July 1 if their demands are not met.

(With inputs from PTI)

(Feature image source: PTI)