State pulled up for not allotting site to STF members

The complainants, Bhaskar Rai and Lingappa, had moved the High Court over the delay in allotment of the promised site and the Court had admitted the matter in July 2009 directing the State to comply with the order within six months. When the State failed to do so, the duo approached the Court and a direction to comply within a month was issued again in March 2010.

But when the direction was ignored again, the Court directed the Home Secretary and Secretary Urban Development Department to appear before the Court.

When Home Secretary Abhijit Das Gupta appeared before the Court, the division bench headed by Justice K L Manjunath was furious and sought reasons for not complying with the Court order.

Directing to obey the orders or face charges, the bench said: “In many cases, there is poor response from the Government. If a High Court order is not honoured what is the necessity for it. Let us close it down,” the bench said.

When the State tried to say that it cannot keep the promise, the bench said: “You made the promise. They did not demand it. If the Court orders, you should obey.”

The Home Secretary sought a day’s time to reply. The Secretary of Urban Development Department was not present before the Court.

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