Contempt petition: Telangana granted two weeks to seek extension of time

By Author  |  Published: 9th Feb 2018  11:39 pm

Hyderabad: A two judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice J Uma Devi on Friday granted time to the Government of Telangana to file an application for extension of time in a contempt petition questioning failure to conduct elections to fisheries cooperative societies.

The bench was dealing with a petition filed by Sadula Narsaiah of Nalgonda district. Earlier, a single judge had directed the Fisheries Department of Telangana to conduct elections through its competent authorities based on an appeal filed E V Rao of Nalgonda district. The judge had directed the Additional Registrar (State Cooperative Election Authority) to commence the process of holding elections within six weeks from the date of the order and complete the process of election within the stipulated time. The present petitioner complained of wilful disobedience of the court’s order by the Fisheries Department. The bench granted two weeks to the Special Government Pleader to file an application for extension of time.

TS given time for filing counter

A two judge bench of the High Court comprising Ramesh Ranganathan and Uma Devi on Friday granted time to the government of Telangana to file a counter in a contempt case complaining of inaction of constitution of a commission for debt relief. The bench was dealing with a contempt petition filed by N. Indrasena Reddy of Hyderabad. The petitioner complained that then Chief Secretary of Telangana, SP Singh, failed to comply with the court orders. Earlier, the PIL bench had directed the government of Telangana to constitute the Telangana State Commission for Debt Relief (Small Farmers, Agricultural Labours and Rural Artisans) under Section 3 of the Telangana State Commission for Debt Relief (Small Farmers, Agricultural Labourers and Rural Artisans) Act, 2016.

The court directed the government of Telangana to constitute the Commission within three months of the order. The Acting Chief Justice noted the fact that orders of the court had not been complied with. The bench granted the Special Government Pleader to file its counter within two weeks.

Directive to Anantapur Municipal Commissioner

A two judge bench of the High Court comprising Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Dr Shameem Akhter on Friday directed the Municipal Commissioner, Anantapur, to file an affidavit explaining whether all the six buildings demolished in accordance with an order passed by Municipal Commissioner, Anantapur come under Section 405 and 406 of the GHMC Act. The bench was dealing with a contempt plea filed by V. Pundarikaksha Reddy of Anantapur. The petitioner complained that the District Collector, Municipal Commissioner and Tehsildar of Anantapur had wilfully disobeyed court orders.

Pundarikaksha Reddy approached the court complaining that the authorities had failed to demolish buildings in accordance with law for road widening. The court had directed the entire exercise to be completed within a period of six weeks. D Prakash Reddy, Advocate General of Telangana, informed the court that the buildings in question had been demolished. K. Jaganmohan Reddy, counsel for petitioner, stated that only three buildings had been demolished and the remaining had only been demolished partly. The bench granted the Municipal Commissioner a week to file the affidavit and directed the affidavit to be served to the petitioner as well to enable him to file a reply and adjourned the matter by three weeks.