HYDERABAD: The High Court on Tuesday sentenced an IAS officer and former district collector K Ilambarithi and deputy executive engineer Srinivasa Reddy to four weeks of imprisonment in a contempt case.
Justice MS Ramachandra Rao was allowing a contempt case filed by A Ramakrishna Reddy, a farmer of Khammam district, seeking punishment of the officers for not implementing the court order.
In 2010 Ramakrishna had filed a petition before the HC seeking compensation for land which was submerged in a local area tank. In 2013 the court ordered the district collector and the executive engineer to pay compensation to the petitioner. Later, the petitioner filed the contempt case after the authorities have failed to pay it.
Justice Ramachandra Rao held that the authorities found guilty of wilfully disobeying the court order. The judge, however, suspended operation of the order for a period of four weeks to avail the contemnors their right to prefer an appeal against the conviction.