The district consumer forum (DCF) on Tuesday awarded an imprisonment of one month to two senior officers of the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) for non-compliance of its order in a case related to the dispute between an industrialist and the industry body over cancellation of a plot allotment.
DCF president Mool Chand Shukla passed the order announcing imprisonment of one month and fine of R2,000 to UPSIDC general manager and managing director.
On April 30, the district consumer forum had asked the UPSIDC officials to settle the issue within 15 days or face arrest.
The ultimatum came two weeks after the Supreme Court dismissed UPSIDC’s petition challenging the consumer court’s order to return the plot to Shabnam Khurana, the industrialist.
Khurana had approached the district consumer forum after the industry body cancelled the allotment of a 600-sqm plot in 1999 for non-construction. She was allotted the plot at Surajpur for R2.90 lakh in 1992 for setting up her industry Shabnam Khurana Reliable Laboratories Pvt Ltd. Khurana told the forum that she could not carry out construction due to non-availability of civic amenities in the area.
In December 2002, the district forum gave its judgment in favour of Khurana. The judgment was upheld by both the state and national commission in 2007 and 2011 respectively.
On March 29, the district forum had issued bailable warrants against UPSIDC officers as they failed to implement the order. After the SC dismissed UPSIDC’s plea on April 16, the forum said that it would issue a non-bailable warrant against the UPSIDC officers if they fail to settle the dispute within 15 days.
UPSIDC general manager Suresh Kumar told Hindustan Times on Tuesday, “The Supreme Court dismissed our petition last month and we received the copy on April 30. After that, the industrialist never came to us. The SC has directed us to allot a plot of similar size in similar location. The cancelled plot has already been allotted to another unit. As that plot cannot be re-allotted, the industrialist has to give an option for alternate sites.”
When asked about the forum’s Tuesday order, Kumar said, “Our legal experts will look into the matter and take necessary measures.”