Civic official in risk of contempt

Corporation regional dep commissioner summoned to explain inactivity on court order

Published: 08th July 2016 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2016 04:53 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Regional Deputy Commissioner (Central), Corporation of Chennai, was directed by the first Bench of Madras High Court to appear before it on August 8 to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for not obeying its earlier order on widening the bus route road (BRR) on Kodambakkam High Road.

The Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanaryana issued the directive on a contempt of court petition from a local resident, S Parthiban last week.

According to the advocate A Ilaya Perumal, the petitioner had filed a similar PIL in High Court and the Bench on November 26, 2015, had directed the official to dispose of his representation in two months.

Ilaya Perumal contended that the representation, which was to be disposed of by the Regional Deputy Commissioner (Central) in two months, was still not considered by him. The petitioner’s notice and subsequent reminder dated February 2, 2016 also remained unanswered.

The corporation had initiated steps to widen the said road up to 40 feet and took measurements and erected boundary stones. As the work was left without any progress, the petitioner had filed the first PIL, and got the order. As there was not much progress, Perumal filed the present contempt application.

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