The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday held KK Khandelwal, principal secretary to Haryana chief minister and Harmail Singh, engineer-in-chief of state irrigation department, guilty of non-compliance of court orders in a service matter.
Justice Rajesh Bindal on Thursday while holding the two officers guilty in a contempt petition directed them to file their replies by March 22 on the quantum of sentence in the case. Both Khandelwal, who is also irrigation department’s secretary, and Singh were present in the court when the directions were passed.
The directions came during the resumed hearing of a bunch of contempt of court petitions filed by state irrigation department’s employee Jagbir Singh and others. Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Ravinder Malik had informed the court that both the officers had failed to implement the court directions issued on December 2012.
The court had directed the officers to release technical pay scale to the petitioner and to pay him the arrears within a month. Thereafter the high court had disposed of the petition in March 2013 when the state government had assured the court that court orders would be complied with by May 2013. But since the authorities failed to ensure high court orders’ compliance, the petitioner was forced to move the court in a contempt case.