Hyderabad: A two-judge panel of the Telangana High Court, comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, on Friday directed the Pollution Control Board to file a detailed report on certain local companies running at Shastriyapuram. The appeal was filed by the GHMC challenging an order of a single judge permitting restoration of electricity connection to the companies. The GHMC contended that these companies were causing pollution.
Though the counsel representing companies said they were only involved in trading, the GHMC complained that they were burning plastic and rubber, causing pollution. The panel directed the registry to post this case along with the batch matter concerning pollution by companies in the Shastriyapuram residential area and adjourned the case to April 15.
Pensions to ex-housing board staff
A two-judge panel, comprising Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice K Lakshman, stated that the twin governments of AP and Telangana were merely boasting their actions. Retired Employees Association, Housing Board Corporation, filed a contempt case against the corporation for delay in payments of pension. Earlier the panel summoned Sunil Sharma, Vice-Chairman and Housing Commissioner of Telangana Housing Board, for an explanation on the gross delay.
The officer was present through virtual conference. However, the affidavit filed by him was found to be unreasonable. The panel commented that this attitude of the government was the reason no private employee wants any business with them. While the Andhra Pradesh government stated that in its dire situation it requires more time for payments, the Telangana government stated that all payments shall be made as per directions of the court. The panel directed that a substantive amount be paid to the employees and adjourned the case to April 9.
Compensation to farmers
The same panel granted three weeks’ time to the Telangana government to comply with the orders of awarding compensation to farmers in Mahbubnagar district. A batch of petitions was filed by farmers across the district challenging wilful disobedience of the land acquisition officials. While the lower court passed orders to grant compensation, the same was delayed for over one year by the authorities.
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