Hyderabad: The erstwhile Hyderabad high court ceased to exist from Tuesday with chief justices being sworn in for the new Telangana and Andhra Pradesh high courts—bifurcated last week nearly five years after the two states were separated.

Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan took over as the first chief justice of Telangana high court after being administered the oath of office by governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in Hyderabad. The event was attended by chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and other officials of the state government.

Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, C. Praveen Kumar was sworn in as the new acting chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh high court, to function from Amaravati, the state’s upcoming capital. He is among the 16 judges who have been shifted to the neighbouring state.

Until 2018, cases of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were being heard by the high court at Hyderabad.

The centre issued orders on 26 December bifurcating the high court. However, lawyers from Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh have been demanding that the high court should be in their region and not in coastal Andhra.

With the high courts for both states finally bifurcated, a major institution that was still being between shared by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has finally been divided. Telangana was created in June 2014 and the Andhra Pradesh government announced that it would move its capital, instead of sharing Hyderabad for 10 years as the joint capital as cited in the AP Bifurcation Act 2014.

All government departments of Andhra Pradesh have moved to Amaravati one by one and a set of temporary buildings at Velugapudi village in Guntur has been constructed till the permanent sites come up.

The erstwhile Hyderabad high court dates back to the Asaf Jahi era (1724-1948), when it was constructed by the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, along with other modern government buildings between the 1920s and 1930s.

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