Patna HC summons heads of departments, chief secretary, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

By: Dev Kumar Pandey

PATNA: Peeved at the “listless approach” of the state officials in complying with the court orders, the Patna high court on Monday summoned the top bureaucrats of more than a dozen departments as well as the chief secretary (CS) and director general of police (DGP).

The division bench of justices Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Sunil Dutta Mishra, while hearing more than 150 contempt petitions, asked the administrative heads of the departments concerned to appear before the court on November 17.

These contempt petitions were filed against non-compliance of several orders passed by the high court since 2015. The orders, giving relief to the petitioners, include grant of monetary claims, promotional benefits, removal of illegal encroachments, return of excess tax deducted, quashing of disciplinary action in service matters, provision of municipal amenities and payment of outstanding dues to government contractors. The directions were issued to district magistrates, police superintendents, municipal heads, public corporations as well as the officers of several departments.

The division bench took serious note of the fact that despite specific directions of the high court, the same remained non-compliant for several years. The departmental heads against whom such contempt petitions are pending include additional chief secretaries/ principal secretaries of health, education, finance, commercial tax, home (police), forest and environment, tourism, road construction, revenue & land reforms, housing and urban development, sugar cane, rural development and water resources departments.

Meanwhile, members of the bar in Patna high court on Monday paid tributes to first Prime Minister of the country Jawaharlal Nehru on his 133rd birth anniversary by remembering his contributions to the building of the nation.

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