CHENNAI: The Madras high court has slapped a contempt notice on a senior IAS officer, Dharmendra Pratap Yadav and also asked him to be personally present before it on February 21 as the bureaucrat did not implement a series of court orders.
Yadav, who is secretary for housing and urban development in Tamil Nadu, invited the wrath of the HC after several orders of the court went unimplemented. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar, passing orders earlier this week, said, “We are informed that despite orders passed since June 2016, and more specifically on September 30, 2016, orders of the court have not been complied with. It is, however, pointed out that the file is being detained by Dharmendra Pratap Yadav.”
Impleading Yadav as another respondent to the case, the bench said, “Let statutory notice be issued to the contemnor as to why he should not be proceeded against, and punished in accordance with law for willful disobedience of the orders of the court.”
The issue relates to a contempt petition filed by Kolkata-based New Kenilworth Hotel Pvt Ltd, which was given a 33-year lease of a 3.3 acre property in Coimbatore by the government in 1996. Since then there were several round of litigations, as the lease was not honoured and later the land was sought to be taken back by authorities. It was also allotted to another company without the knowledge or notice of the petitioner-company.
The matter reached finality when, on December 15, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in their favour. Pursuant to the order, the company sent rental arrears by demand draft along with the order copy. Authorities still refused to comply with the order on such specious grounds as order copy had not been received, or consultations.
Credits ET Realty