THE ALLAHABAD High Court on Monday directed chief secretary Navin Chandra Bajpai and secretary, Nagar Vikas, to appear in person in the court on September 8 in a contempt case filed against them for not issuing notification for holding of the local bodies election in the State in spite of a High Court order passed in this respect.
Justice DP Singh passed this order when on Monday the counsel for the petitioner informed the court that the respondents had failed to issue notification for holding local bodies election in the State in compliance of High Court’s order dated December 22, 2005. In this contempt case, filed by advocate Rakesh Kumar Singh, the State Government had filed an affidavit in the Court stating that the State Government has already prepared election programme for holding local bodies election in the State. The details of the programme was given in the State’s affidavit.
The counsel for the petitioner alleged that according to State’s affidavit, the election at local bodies was to be notified by the State Government by August 21, 2006. But it was not done by the State till date, petitioner’s counsel alleged.
The Court, in view of the above, directed the personal presence of both the officers.
It may be recalled that in an order passed in December, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to hold the election within six months of the expiry of the tenure of the previous body. In view of this order the poll should have been held in May 2006.
Later a contempt of court petition was filed in the court. During the hearing the state government informed the court that it will issue notification on August 21 and the poll process will be completed by August 28.