Shock to Jagan: AP High Court directs AP govt to develop Amaravathi as capital

The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy received a major jolt in the AP High Court on the issue of creation of three new capitals for Andhra Pradesh.

The AP High Court directed Jagan government to develop Amaravathi as capital for Andhra Pradesh as per original master plan within six months. The court also directed AP government to allot plots to farmers who gave away their lands to Amaravathi capital within three months and develop all facilities in these plots within six months.

The three-member bench of the AP High Court headed by chief justice Prashanth Kumar Mishra issued these directions today (Thursday). The court directed AP government not to shift any government office from Amaravathi. It also directed government to pay Rs 50,000 to all petitioners towards legal expenses.

The High Court made it clear that AP government has no power to scrap APCRDA Act or bring new Act on new capitals. The court also directed Jagan government not to mortgage lands in Amaravathi for other purposes.

Celebrations erupted in Amaravathi capital region with farmers and their family members bursting crackers and distributing sweets hailing High Court judgement. They said CM Jagan should drop his plans of creating three capitals for AP at least now and develop Amaravathi as the only capital of AP as per High Court directions.

However, the Jagan government is likely to challenge High Court orders in the Supreme Court.