The Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court on Friday recused himself while hearing a public interest litigation filed against the “Very Important Person Movement” in the State. The petitioner, Vaddi Somasekhar, through his petition submitted to the court that the deterrence of vehicles for ensuring Very Important Persons’ movement in the State is causing immense trauma and agony to common commuters. Also Read – Hyderabad: Cloth bags, anyone? Advertise With Us The petitioner also questioned the legal sanctity of the VIP Movement process and urged the court to seek a copy of the Government Order or relevant law which authorised the traffic police department to deter vehicles during VIP Movement. The petitioner submitted through this petition the verdict of the Madras High Court which restricted the time for stoppage of vehicles for 5 to 10 minutes in case of a VIP movement of Chief Minister, Governor or Chief Justice of the State. Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us The petitioner averred that during rainy and summer seasons the problem was getting aggravated as it will have a heavy toll on commuters’ health and thereby violating their right to life guaranteed by the Constitution under Article 21. The petitioner further contended that for ensuring seamless movement of Very Important Persons vehicles common commuters are confined on roads for hours due to subsequent congestion and also as they exposed themselves for more time to sun and rain the vulnerability for attracting to several ailments such as sunstroke and cold. Advertise With Us The petitioner also submitted that when the traffic personnel are deployed for Very Important Person movement duty, it deprives them to discharge their other statutorily or constitutionally mandated obligations and therefore such a practice militates against the very purpose for which their services are to be utilised. When the petition come up for hearing, the Chief Justice informed the counsel appearing for the petitioner that in the interests of fairness he must recuse himself from this cause as VIP movement is also granted to Chief Justice of the State. The CJ directed the registry to post the PIL before another bench.