Supreme Court stays withdrawal of forces from Osmania University campus

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New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday stayed till February 23 the order of the Andhra Pradesh High Court directing withdrawal of Central paramilitary forces from the Osmania University campus.

A two-judge Justice bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and T S Thakur asked the state Home Secretary to make sure that the paramilitary forces do not misbehave with any student inside the Osmania University campus.

The apex court passed the verdict that the paramilitary forces would function under the personal supervision of the Home Secretary.

The apex court passed the order following an appeal filed by the Andhra Pradesh government, which challenged the High Court's order to withdraw the paramilitary forces from the campus.

The State government has alleged that they suspect some strong Maoist infiltration inside the campus. Students Counsel Prashant Bhushan, however, rebuffed all the allegations imposed by the state government.

Andhra Pradesh Government had on Thursday approached the Supreme Court against the direction of the High Court asking it to move out paramilitary forces from the University campus.

Challenging the February 16 Andhra Pradesh High Court order, the State government said the High Court cannot order the removal of forces from the campus, which is a hotbed of the agitation for the creation of a separate Telangana State. (ANI)

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