Amid fears that the state government was planning to begin demolition of Secretariat from Wednesday itself, the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday asked authorities not to touch them until the next date of hearing on November 14.
Telangana advocate general K Ramakrishna Reddy assured the court that the government would not demolish any structure on the Secretariat complex. The bench of acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice A Shankar Narayana sought an affidavit from the government stating the reasons why it had decided to raze the existing buildings and construct new ones in their place. The bench was dealing with a petition filed by Congress MLA T Jeevan Reddy, who challenged the demolition decision terming it as an exercise in futility that served no public purpose and, in fact, would cause severe hardship to the public.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel S Satyam Reddy told the court that the state wants to demolish the existing Secretariat because it was not in sync with Vaastu principles. Also, they were citing lack of adequate fire safety measures and vulnerability from the security angle, he said.
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