In a major setback to the Samajwadi Party regime in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court has asked the state government to implement its November 8 order of quashing the appointment of two controversial IAS officers as the chief executive officer and the chairman of the Noida authority by December 14.
On Monday, a court messenger communicated the HC order to the state government. A single judge bench of justice Vikram Nath, in its order dated December 7, said that the UP government should remove the two tainted officers — Noida authority CEO Sanjeev Saran and chairman Rakesh Bahadur -- latest by December 14 and file an affidavit in court on the same. A copy of the HC order is with Hindustan Times,
“By December 14 the opposite parties would ensure actual compliance in true letter and spirit of the directions of the division bench dated November 8, 2012 and file an affidavit to that effect, failing which they would remain present before this court for further action being taken against them,” said the order.
On November 8, the high court, while hearing a petition of NGO Madhav Samaj Nirman, had ordered the government to remove the two IAS officers as an inquiry was pending against them.
The UP government had filed a review petition, which was accepted by the high court. Later, advocate Nitin Deshwal challenged the review petition and alleged that the UP government failed to implement the November 8 order.
While hearing Deshwal’s argument, the high court on December 7 asked the state government to implement the previous order. “The government is sleeping over the matter and stern action needs to be taken,” said the order.
“The registrar general of this court shall ensure that a copy of the contempt petition along with copy of this order is communicated to the opposite parties latest by Monday (December 10) through special messenger,” it said.
The two IAS officers allegedly allotted plots to five hotels along the Noida Expressway at throwaway prices violating norms in 2006-07 during the previous Samajwadi Party regime.
When contacted, industrial development commissioner AK Gupta said, “I have no clue on the matter. Neither I am competent to comment on it.”