The relevant legislation for bifurcation provided for a common high court till such time a separate institution for Andhra Pradesh is constituted. Given the level of dissatisfaction on both sides over the bifurcation legislation and subsequent squabbles, it is necessary to set up the Andhra court quickly . The Centre should use its good offices to smoothen the process as there is a severe trust deficit between the states. It is not wise to point to technicalities and leave the bifurcation process to just the states and judiciary when the atmosphere is surcharged with tension.
Meanwhile the unseemly sight of Telangana judges striking work injures the citizenry. With the Supreme Court chief justice T S Thakur pointing out that a year ago there were over 31 million cases pending in all high courts and subordinate courts put together, this week's judicial disruption is really hurting the litigants. Chief ministers K C Rao and Chandrababu Naidu need to show statesmanship and the Centre has to play honest broker. The longer the judges protest, the more damage there will be to the social fabric. It is essential to create a separate high court for Andhra Pradesh at the earliest.