Bureaucrats Summoned for Contempt of Court

The Madras High Court has summoned Ashok Dongre, commissioner and director of Most Backward and De-notified Communities Welfare, and N Latha, joint director of Kallar Reclamation, in a contempt of court case

Published: 10th June 2014 09:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2014 09:21 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has summoned Ashok Dongre, commissioner and director of Most Backward and De-notified Communities Welfare, and N Latha, joint director of Kallar Reclamation, in a contempt of court case.

The order was passed by Justice N Kirubakaran after hearing a contempt petition by K Thirupathi, who was among the 119 graduate teachers and 27 post graduate teachers who were to be relieved by the joint director of Kallar Reclamation as per Government Order 86 dated March 2, 2011, and transferred to government schools under the control of Rameshwara Murugan, Director of School Education, in the same academic year.

The GO was never implemented and the officials lied to the court on several occasions that they were going to implement it. It was only after a contempt of court petition was filed that the director of school education posted Thirupathi to government higher secondary school in Pudatikottai in Krishnagiri district.

However, Dongre issued an order on May 23, 2014, directing headmaster of Government Kallar Higher Secondary School in Dindigul district not to relieve him till a reliever is posted.

Justice N Kirubakaran in his order said prima facie, it appeared that the respondents wanted to give a false picture that the order of this Court was complied with and thereafter, an attempt had been made to frustrate the order passed by the court by issuance of another order not to relieve the petitioner.

“Adopting such indirect methods, so as not to comply with the order of this court is prima facie nothing but interfering with the administration of justice,” the judge observed.

Moreover, the officials are interested only in sticking to their original stand and not to give any respect to the court order.

The respondents herein have invented a new method so that it would appear as if the court order had been complied with but at the same time the party is deprived of the benefit.

“This kind of attitude has to be prevented and deprecated. Otherwise, justice delivery system and the litigants approaching this court may lose their faith in the system,” the judge said.

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