Failure to Fill up NCRI Chief Post Draws Court Wrath

Published: 27th December 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th December 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Expressing displeasure at the authorities for failing to implement the court orders, a division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Friday warned of summoning the officer concerned to the court and declaring him incompetent for the post.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar said this while dealing with a contempt case with regard to filling up the post of chairman of National Council of Rural Institute (NCRI).

In December last year, the court directed the respondent authorities, including Secretary to ministry of human resource development and others, to fill up the said post within a period of six weeks. It also directed them to consider the proposal for sanctioning a regular post in pursuance of the proposal sent by the National Council of Rural Institute within six weeks. Failure to implement the said order the court suo motu initiated contempt proceedings in the case.

When the matter came up for hearing on Friday, the Assistant Solicitor General of India sought more time for implementation of the court orders.

Reacting to this, the bench said that the authorities concerned have been showing negligence to appoint a chairman for the institute which is meant for propagating Gandhian philosophy etc. It seems the issue will be resolved only if the salaries of the concerned officials are stopped instead of sending them to jail for willfully disobeying the court orders.

While posting the matter to March 19, 2015, the bench warned of issuing notices in the contempt case if the court orders were not implemented by that time, and will then summon the officer concerned before the court on April 19. It further warned of declaring the officer as incompetent to the post.

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