Snehalaya official faces contempt proceedings

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 28, 2014 14:23 IST

Initiating contempt proceedings, judicial magistrate Shilpi Gupta has issued show-cause notice to the chairman of child welfare committee, Snehalaya, Maloya, for failing to comply with the directives of the court to handover six children living in Snehalaya to their grandfather.

Gopali Prashad, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, moved an application seeking contempt proceedings against Neil Robat after he refused to hand over custody of his six grandchildren.

“Your office has not complied with the direction of the court to hand over the custody of the six children. Thus, you are served the show-cause notice as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against you,” read the handwritten order of judicial magistrate Shilpi Gupta.

Prashad’s six children were sent to Snehalaya after his son, Jugal Kishore, was arrested on August 17 on charges of beating his wife, Rita, 35, to death following an argument. After Rita’s death and Jugal’s arrest, all six children - four daughters and two sons - were sent to Snehalaya in Maloya.

Prashad moved court seeking their custody, which was granted by the court on August 23.

“Robat refused entry to Prashad and naib court when they went to Snehalaya. He also refused to hand over custody of the children even after being handed over the copy of the orders. Thus, we moved court seeking contempt proceedings against him,” said advocate Gagan Aggarwal, Prashad’s counsel.

“Due to non-compliance of orders, the children are being forced to stay at Snehalaya even when their grandfather is keen to take them back to their native village as no one can take care of them in Chandigarh,” Aggarwal said, adding that taking cognisance of the non-compliance, the court had directed Robat to appear in person on Thursday.

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