A DIVISIONAL bench of the Hyderabad High Court has expressed displeasure over the attitude of IAS officers for not implementing the court’s order. The bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sen Gupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar on Thursday pulled up an IAS officer named…K Sunitha who appeared in the case, according to a report published in The Hindu. Ms Sunitha is a 1996 batch Andhra Pradesh IAS currently holding the post of commissioner and director of collegiate education. The bench also imposed costs of Rs 4,000 upon the Andhra Pradesh government.
This contempt case is related to a college lecturer called Srinivasulu Reddy who sought regularisation of his service. The case went up to the Supreme Court, and the state government lost it. But, the state failed to implement the highest court’s order.
The other officer who got the flak from the court was MG Gopal who had earlier served as commissioner and director of collegiate education.
Now, the court says, the affidavit filed by the officers tendering unconditional apology needs to be circulated to all officers in the government, according to the report. The case will come up again on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated development, a division bench comprising Justice KC Bhanu and Justice Anis on Thursday reserved orders on petitions by the Telangana state government and six IAS officers challenging the decision of the Hyderabad bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal in quashing of selection process to confer IAS to state level officers for the year 2013. It was reported by Deccan Chronicle in an article titled, “Verdict on conferred IAS row reserved”.
Two months ago, the tribunal in an order directed the government to take up the process afresh and directed the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 to each of the aggrieved candidates. It was said that their candidatures were ignored illegally.
The officers who challenged the tribunal’s order in the court were Satyanarayana, C Sreedhar, Md Imtiyaz, S Arvinder Singh, P Koteswara Rao and M Prashanti. The state government also challenged the order.