A Punjab and Haryana high court bench has found a noble way to contribute towards increasing the green cover and get the court orders implemented by officials.
The bench of justice Rajesh Bindal has disposed of two contempt petitions and discharged the contempt rule against them after the officials told the bench that they would plant saplings in the coming rainy season.
Contrary to this, last month, justice Bindal had held two senior Haryana IAS officers guilty of contempt of court. They are secondary education director ML Kaushik, who was held guilty in a matter related to appointment of schoolteachers; and additional chief secretary Vijai Vardhan, who was held guilty in a matter of recruitment of assistant professors in state colleges.
However, the bench on Wednesday discharged the rule against an executive engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) as the Ludhiana-based officer told the court that he would plant 200 saplings in the vicinity of the PSPCL office in Ludhiana.
What social service you are going to offer for the country if contempt proceedings are dropped against you, the bench is learnt to have asked the officer. When he replied that he would plant 200 saplings and implement the order on the promotion of the employee, the bench accepted his submissions and discharged the contempt rule against him. He was accused of blocking the monetary benefits and promotion of an employee under departmental promotion. During the hearing, petitioner’s counsel PK Goklaney told the court that he would also plant 50 saplings in the rainy season. Appreciating the move, the bench termed it as the “advocate’s social responsibility”.
In the second case, the bench is learnt to have told a Haryana higher education department official, who had also failed to comply with the court orders, to plant saplings.