New Delhi: Amid fears
of violence in Andhra Pradesh, Justice B.N. Srikrishna, who heads
the panel for examining the contentious issue of statehood for
Telangana, Tuesday said the committee will present the report by
the Dec 31 deadline, even as the Andhra Pradesh government
withdrew all criminal cases filed during protests for a separate
"The report will be given to the government before Dec 31. We will
make sure that it is given before Dec 31," Srikrishna, a retired
judge of the Supreme Court, told reporters here.
"We have gone into all aspects. It's comprehensive," Srikrishna
said while refusing to disclose the contents of the report.
In February, the Srikrishna committee was constituted to examine,
among other things, the situation in Andhra Pradesh that arose in
the aftermath of the demand for a separate State of Telangana and
the protests in the state against the move.
Srikrishna, however, clarified that it was for the state
government to ensure law and order and asserted that his job will
end when the report is submitted. It is the duty of the government
machinery to ensure that there is no violence, he said.
Fearing violence after the report is submitted, the Andhra Pradesh
government has sought at least 125 companies of central forces.
The central government has already dispatched about 50 companies,
or about 4,500 personnel, from various central forces, including
the Central Industrial Security Force and Border Security Force,
to Hyderabad for deployment in the Telangana region.
Besides Justice Srikrishna, the panel comprises Ranbir Singh,
vice-chancellor of Delhi's National Law University; Abusaleh
Shariff, senior research fellow, International Food Policy
Research Institute, Delhi; Ravinder Kaur, professor, department of
humanities and social sciences, Indian Institute of Technology-
Delhi; and Vinod K. Duggal, former Union home secretary.
Earlier Tuesday, the Andhra Pradesh government decided to withdraw
all criminal cases filed during protests for a separate Telangana
After a series of discussions Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy
had with ministers and other ruling party leaders from the region,
the government agreed to withdraw the 967 pending cases. These
will be in addition to the cases withdrawn earlier.
The cases were booked during the protests for and against a
separate Telangana state in all three regions of the state between
November 2009 and September 2010.