A bench comprising Justice A V Sesha Sai and Justice R Raghunandan Rao observed that more than 4,000 contempt cases have been filed this year alone. Consequently, the incidences of officials appearing before the high court is also on the rise, said the high court.
During the hearing of a contempt case in which the high court summoned principal secretary of school education, B Rajasekhar, former education commissioner, V China Veerabhadrudu, and principal secretary of finance, S S Rawat, the high court observed that the increasing trend in contempt cases is alarming. Responding to comments from the bench, advocate general S Sriram said that they will take steps to ensure court orders are duly complied by the respective authorities.
Several petitions filed by retired teachers before the high court for payment of pension benefits by considering the period worked before regularisation of service. They have joined as part-time teachers between 1985 and 1991. They moved AP Administrative Tribunal (APAT) seeking pension benefits and APAT ruled in favour of them.
Later, the state government moved the high court and also the apex court but failed to get any relief as the courts said that the pension benefits should be paid to the petitioners. As the payment was not done even after the orders of the apex court, they have moved contempt petitions before the high court which summoned the officials responsible to present before the court.
Advocate general S Sriram said a GO has already been issued providing pension benefits to the petitioners and the monetary benefits will be given in the month of February. Considering the submissions of advocate general, the high court posted the matter for further hearing on February 17 and exempted the officials from appearance.