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High court declines stay on arrest

THE LUCKNOW bench of the High Court, here on Friday, declined to stay arrest of several engineers and contractors of the Public Works Department (PWD), Rae Bareli who were allegedly involved in constructing sub-standard roads in contravention to the prescribed standard and norms.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 01:45 IST

PWD engineers, contractors case

THE LUCKNOW bench of the High Court, here on Friday, declined to stay arrest of several engineers and contractors of the Public Works Department (PWD), Rae Bareli who were allegedly involved in constructing sub-standard roads in contravention to the prescribed standard and norms.

The bench comprising Justices Bhanwar Singh and JM Paliwal, while permitting the State to file counter affidavit placing all the relevant facts on record, posted the matter for hearing on October 10.

Arguing on behalf of the State, the advocate General SMA Kazmi said that following repeated complaints about the bad quality of roads the PWD Rae Bareli had appointed a high level committee to probe the matter and identify the erring officials and contractors.

The probe by the high power committee revealed that the quality of construction was not maintained by engineers and contractors of the PWD Rae Bareli despite heavy investments, he added.

The decision to file FIRs and initiating criminal action was according taken by the State against the executive engineers, assistant engineers, junior engineers and contractors who had failed to construct the roads as per the prescribed norms and standard.

This gave rise to a bunch of writ petition by the aggrieved persons, which came up for hearing before the HC here today.

The bench, however, declined to grant any interim relief to the petitioners at this stage and posted the matter for hearing on October 10, calling upon the State to file response in the meanwhile.

Amausi airport’s auction stayed

THE ORDER of the District Judge Lucknow Shiv Charan Sharma for attachment and sale of the Amausi Airport, in connection with an execution case filed by decree holder M/s Pradeep Hotel, was stayed by Justice Rakesh Sharma of the High Court here on Friday.

The above order was passed on a review petition filed on behalf of the Airport Authority of India, against high court’s earlier orders in this connection.

Justice Sharma remarked that the District Judge Lucknow should not insist on attachment and the normal functioning at the Amausi Airport shall continue as usual.

It was argued on behalf of the Airport Authority that the order attaching Airport premises could not be passed as it was against the public interest. The counsel for the degree holder also said that he was only interested in the recovery of his outstanding amount. The orders were passed accordingly.