The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday directed the state chief secretary to appear in person in the court regarding the issue of construction work on the Theog-Hatkoti road. A division bench comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan granted two days' time to the managing director of the company executing the project to appear in court and listed the matter for July 8 for the next hearing.
The court also asked the chief secretary, additional chief secretary, public works and chief engineer, public works to appear in court at the next hearing. Earlier, the court had directed the three officials to "show cause" as to why they should not be prosecuted in terms of the Contempt of Court Act for filing affidavits contrary to the exact position existing on the spot.
The court had observed that the amicus curiae through its compliance reports brought it to the court's notice that the affidavits filed by the committee, set up on December 3 last year, comprising the chief secretary, principal secretary (public works), engineer-in-chief (public works), besides affidavits filed by the officers from time to time were contrary to the factual position existing on the spot.