On a petition alleging that the Punjab government had not complied with the high court directions to transfer the education cess imposed on sale of liquor to the education department, the Punjab and Haryana high court has issued contempt notices to the Punjab government.
Taking up a petition filed by Dinesh Chadha of Rupnagar district, the bench headed by justice Mahesh Grover on Friday issued notices to B Purushartha, special secretary of the Punjab school education department, and A Venu Prasad, principal secretary of the excise and taxation department.
The court was informed that the petitioner had filed a public interest litigation on the subject last year, which was disposed of on December 9 when the special secretary of the Punjab school education department had given an undertaking in the court that the funds would be transferred soon.
The petitioner said that even after seven months, the funds had not been transferred.
Chadha had the grievance that the state had imposed education cess of Rs 10 per proof litre on the sale of liquor in the state. The excise and taxation department had collected more than Rs 400 crore, which was laying in its account and had not been used for the purpose it was meant for, said Chadha.
The petitioner sought directions for initiating contempt-of-court proceedings against the officers who had failed to comply with the court directions.
The case will come up for hearing on August 21.