The Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) High Court, on the 17th of January, reviewed a petition filed against the State Government.
Farmers, lawyers and women of Amaravati filed a petition against the implementation of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and Police Act 30 in Amaravati.
Recently, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) implemented Section 144 and Police Act 30 in the 29 villages of Amaravati after the farmers there started protests.
The farmers of Amaravati are protesting since the 17th of December against the State Government’s proposal of having 3 State capitals. The farmers are demanding the proposal be withdrawn.
During the court proceedings, the bench of judges fumed at the State Government for implementing Section 144. However, in defence, the Advocate General representing the YSRCP said the State Government implemented Section 144 to prevent violence and control the situation.
In addition, the Court also asked the Advocate General to explain the 610 cases filed against the farmers and women in Amaravati.
When asked about the arrests, the Advocate General said since the farmers and women were creating chaos and holding a rally at Benz Circle in Vijayawada without permission, the police arrested them.
While the arrests took place to avoid violence, Section 144 and Police Act 30 were implemented to maintain law and order and the safety of the citizens.
However, the A.P., High Court judges were not satisfied with the arguments of the Advocate General. Later, the Advocate General sought time to file an affidavit regarding the same.
With this, today’s hearing was adjourned to the 19th of January.
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