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Contempt plea against state chief secy

mumbai Updated: Feb 24, 2010 01:08 IST
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A Panvel resident has sought action against state Chief Secretary, J P Dange, and principal secretaries of three state departments for failing to comply with the Bombay High Court’s directions to ensure power supply to Board exam centers across the state.

The HC’s directions were based on a letter written by Panvel resident, Vishnu Babaji Gawali, expressing concern over rampant load-shedding in rural areas, causing significant inconvenience to students appearing for SSC and HSC Board examinations.

Acting on his plea, the HC had passed the orders. The state convened a meeting of senior officials last March only after the HC issued a contempt notice. The minutes of the meeting were placed before the court giving an undertaking that measures as suggested in the meeting would be taken to ensure power supply to exam centers.

The state, the MSEDC and the SSC Board had specific told the HC that they would hire inverters and generators to ensure stable power supply to board exam centers.

In December 2009, Gawali found the authorities had not complied with the HC orders. Now, his application seeks contempt action against the chief secretary and other officers.

Included with Dange are principal secretaries of the departments of Finance, Energy and Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Vijaysheela Sardesai (chairman of the SSC and HSC Board), V P Raja (chairman, MERC) and Ajoy Mehta (managing director, MSEDC).

The application will come up before a division bench of Chief Justice Anil Dave and Justice S C Dharmadhikari on Wednesday.