The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued bailable warrants against the principal secretary, technical education and industrial training, Punjab, RK Verma, for not complying with the court orders.
On December 3, the high court had issued a contempt-of-court notice to the principal secretary and sought compliance report within eight weeks on an earlier order, failing which the high court registry was directed to accept the report with Rs 2,500 as costs. It was also recorded that if the report was not filed within the stipulated time, the secretary would remain present on May 12.
However, on the said date, neither the respondent was present nor the compliance report was filed. Following this, the court issued the bailable warrants to secure the presence of the principal secretary with a surety of Rs 10,000 on May 21.
The matter pertains to the premature retirement of a motor mechanic instructor, on whose petition the high court had ordered in September 2014 that his grievance be heard within two months and a speaking order be passed.
In November, the claim of the instructor was accepted through an order and the department said that the competent authority would pass an order. But the order passed was not complied with.