Madras HC slams govt depts for not complying with orders – The New Indian Express

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By Express News Service

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court recently castigated government departments, especially the education department, for failing to comply with court orders despite many adjournments.

A division bench of justices R Subramanian and N Sathish Kumar observed, “We are of the very honest opinion that this is a self-inflicted injury upon us because of the liberal approach we have been adopting in contempt cases. We feel that it is high time we correct ourselves on the implementation of the provisions of the Contempt of Courts Act, in its letter and spirit.”

The judges said so while hearing a contempt petition filed by M Paneer Dass, a Thoothukudi resident, over the non-implementation of an order passed by the high court on February 6, 2019, directing the government to regularise Dass’ service as a secondary grade teacher.

Though the contempt petition was filed in 2019, and several opportunities were given to the government to either comply with the order or challenge it, no effective steps were taken. They directed the Secretary of the State school education department to appear before the court on April 28.

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