Amaravathi: The new high court of Andhra Pradesh will start functioning from Tuesday. With this, it has become the 25th high court in India.

Since the bifurcation of the state on June 2, 2014, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have had a common high court in Hyderabad, the latter’s capital city. With the creation of the new high court, the country now has 25 high courts.

Andhra Pradesh now has a separate high court that has started functioning from Amravati, the new capital of the state. President Ram Nath Kovind issued orders to this effect on December 26.

“...the President hereby constitutes a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh, namely, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, from the 1st day of January, 2019 with the principal seat at Amaravati...and the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall become the High Court for the State of Telangana,” stated the order.

Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, who is the current Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, will head this high court that will have 15 other judges. Ten judges - part of the common high court - will now be the judges of the Telangana HC, the order had said.

Arrangements have been made at the Raj Bhavan for the swearing-in ceremony of the Telangana High Court Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan.

(With inputs from PTI)