In a setback to the Congress in Telangana, the Supreme Court today quashed the party's petition seeking a stay on the demolition of the Secretariat buildings in Hyderabad.
The Supreme Court opined that it could not intervene in state government policy matters or cabinet decisions.
Congress MLC T Jeevan Reddy had moved the apex court for a stay on the demolition of the buildings in the Secretariat complex.
The petitioner argued that the government was razing the buildings in violation of environmental norms and causing pollution, besides incurring a loss for the exchequer.
Solicitor General Thushar Mehta and advocate Uday Kumar Sagar argued for the Telangana government.
They also filed a caveat against petitions seeking to stay the collapse of the buildings in the Secretariat complex and sought the court's nod for the construction of new buildings there.
The court heard the arguments of both the sides and then set aside the Congress petition as baseless, saying that as per Article 136 of the constitution the court could not intervene in policy matters of the state government.
The court also observed that the High Court had heard the case fully. (On June 29 the High Court had supported the cabinet decision to build a new Secretariat after demolishing the existing buildings. The government then started the demolition.)
The Supreme Court decline of a stay has come as a shot in the arm for the government.