Madras HC awards 1 week jail to two bank officials for contempt

Madras HC awards 1 week jail to two bank officials for contempt
Madras HC awards 1 week jail to two bank officials for contempt

The Madras High Court has sentenced two senior officials of a public sector bank to one week’s simple imprisonment for committing contempt of court.

Justice M V Muralidaran allowed the contempt petition filed by S V Chennakrishnan, an employee of the Indian Overseas Bank here, against the officials for not obeying the court’s May 25 last order staying disciplinary proceedings against him.

The Judge, in his order yesterday, also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on Chief Manager-cum-Disciplinary Authority K S Ganapathy Subramanian and Chief Manager-cum-Conduct and Disciplinary Action Cell N Subramanian.

He said the officials had acted in a “hasty manner” and dismissed the petitioner, ignoring the court order.

Holding that they had “wilfully and intentionally” violated the court’s order, the judge awarded the two simple imprisonment for one week.

The court ordered the contemnors to deposit the fine with the Tamil Nadu Mediation and Conciliation Centre immediately and directed the Registry to ensure that the two underwent imprisonment.

The Disciplinary Authority of the bank had initiated action against the petitioner and some of his colleagues in connection with an alleged recruitment scam.

The high court had stayed the disciplinary proceedings following which the Disciplinary Authority filed a petition seeking vacating it. The court had reserved orders on this plea on May 30, 2016.

Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Authority had issued the order of dismissal the next day after which the petitioner moved the court accusing the officicials of having committed contempt of court.

( Source – PTI )

DDA to pay Rs 50K for wrongly cancelling flat allotment

The Delhi Development Authority has been asked to pay Rs 50,000 compensation to a woman and a flat, whose allotment was cancelled, while noting that she was not informed in a proper manner.

New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by C K Chaturvedi, asked DDA to pay the money to one Rekha Raghav, while holding that it did not send the allotment letter to her directly.

The forum asked DDA to pay the money while rejecting its contention that the allotment letter was delivered to Raghav as it noted that Axis Bank, through which the letter was allegedly sent, could not provide proof of delivery.

“We…Hold Opposite Party-1, DDA, guilty of not directly sending the allotment letter to complainant, once Axis Bank could not provide proof of delivery and where complainant is repeatedly asking for it.

“We hold OP-1, DDA guilty of deficiency and direct it to allot a LIG house, in same or other in same scheme at the same cost,” the forum’s bench, also comprising its member S R Chaudhary, said.

The forum also said that there was no question of automatic cancellation, without delivery of allotment letter to complainant. “We also award the compensation of Rs 50,000 including litigation expenses to complainant for harassment,” it said.

The forum also noted that Indian Overseas Bank had no privity of contract with complainant except as to deposit of registered money, which it performed and no deficiency on that account can be alleged against it.