HC seeks personal appearance of top officers

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Mar 25: The High Court has sought personal appearance of top officers of various departments including Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Commissioner / Secretaries of Education and Power Development Departments for not implementing the court directions.
Justice Sindhu Sharma, Justice Sanjay Dhar, Justice M A Chowdhary and Justice Moksha Kazmi while dealing with various separate contempt petitions directed the top officials of various departments to remain present before the court explaining as to why court directions in these petitions have not been complied with.
Court sought personal appearance of Commissioner / Secretary to the PDD by recording that in terms of order dated 31st January, 2023, last and final opportunity of two weeks’ was granted to him to file compliance report.
However, perusal of the record reveals that a compliance report has been filed on behalf of a subordinate official which the court said is not in tune with the judgment passed in the case in 2014.
“The Commissioner / Secretary PDD is directed to file a fresh compliance report strictly in compliance to the Judgment and Order supra within a period of four weeks, failing which he shall appear in person”, the court directed.
The court with regard to fixing seniority of aggrieved petitioner and placing it before the DPC has directed the Commissioner / Secretary and Director Horticulture to file a fresh compliance report on the issue before next date.
These officials have stated that the petitioner has been placed at the seniority list of Assistant Grading and Marketing Officer (AGMO’s), issued by the Administrative Department vide Government Order No. 142-JK(APD) of 2023 dated 01.03.2023.
“It is further averred in the compliance report that the process for conducting the DPC is under active consideration of the Department. In view of the above, let respondents file fresh compliance report within a period of five weeks”, court said.
Court in other contempt proceedings directed the Custodian Evacuee to file compliance report strictly in conformity with the orders of the court. The contempt petition has been filed against the court directions whereby petitioner was asked to approach the Custodian, Evacuee Property Department, Kashmir and Deputy Custodian, North Kashmir, Baramulla, with his grievance regarding proper demarcation of land in question.
Court had directed that the Custodian, Evacuee Property Department and Deputy Custodian, North Kashmir, Baramulla, to ensure that the orders passed by them, are complied with by their subordinates including the Assistant Custodian (Tehsildar) Karnah.