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Kotia border dispute: Odisha govt files contempt of court petition against Andhra

11/02/2021 at 12:59 PM

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11: Odisha government has filed a petition against Andhra Pradesh in the Supreme Court on Kotia border dispute. The state has urged for action against Andhra’s cross-border election in Kotia under Odisha’s territory.

The case has been filed against Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, State Election Commission and the  Collector of Vijianagaram.

Odisha government had filed a writ petition earlier with the Supreme Court of India over Kotia inter-state border dispute in 1968.The petition was filed urging the apex court to check the illegal access of Andhra into the bordering blocks of Odisha around Kotia.

The Supreme Court had ordered status-quo on the matter. The apex court also ordered for maintaining status quo in its final judgement in 2006. Besides, the bench had directed the Centre to resolve the border dispute amicably.

In spite the Supreme Court’s status-quo order, Andhra Pradesh used to undertake various interferences over 21 villages of Kotia. Andhra’s interference has now  crossed the limit of  peaceful harmony with Odisha violating the Supreme Court’s order.  

Acting on the recent election process of Andhra around Kotia, Odisha government has moved the Supreme Court for justice.

Petition filed in Orissa High Court over Kotia border dispute

Bharatiya Bikash Parishad, Odisha has filed a petition at the end of Orissa High Court on Kotia inter-state border conflict. The Parishad urged the interference of the court to expedite the state government’s counter action against Andhra.

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