SC stays contempt order against DRDO scientists

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2014 19:54 IST

The Supreme Court Friday stayed the Madras High Court order sentencing former DRDO chief VK Saraswat and another senior scientist to three weeks’ simple imprisonment for disobeying its April 2009 order and not re-employing a clerk in a school run by a wing of the organisation.

A bench headed by Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya put the HC order on hold after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi submitted Saraswat and G Malakondaiah, Director of Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, were also directed to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 each personally.

The HC order came on the petition by S Joseph Raj, who was an employee of the school run by Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE).

It had directed the government to take appropriate departmental action against them for the “reckless, negligence and willful disobedience of the order of the Court.”

The HC held Saraswat, a Padmabhushan awardee and former Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), guilty of Civil Contempt.

When CVRDE closed the school, Raj and other employees had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging it.

The HC noted that after several rounds of litigation before various judicial forums, Raj was made to suffer. His appointed was ordered on April 30, 2009 Senior Technical Assistant (Library Science) within two months.

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