The Himachal Pradesh high court on Monday directed various state officials to show cause on why they should not be proceeded against for filing affidavits that were prima facie contrary to the exact position prevailing on the Theog-Hatkoti road.
The division bench comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, directed the chief secretary, additional chief secretary and engineer-in-chief of public works department to show cause why they should not be proceeded against under the Contempt of Courts Act.
"They have filed replies to the show-cause notice, which are not satisfactory. Therefore, the said officers as also CS Sethi, managing director, and Capt Rajbir Singh, director of the construction company, are directed to show cause why rules not be framed against them for filing affidavits, which are prima facie contrary to the exact position prevailing on the spot, and breach of court orders," read the court order.
Listing the matter for August 17 for the next hearing, the court also directed the managing director and the director of construction company, the chief secretary, the principal secretary and the PWD engineer-in-chief to remain present in person before the court on the next date of hearing.
The court observed that public works principal secretary Narender Chauhan, who is also managing director of the State Road and Infrastructure Development Corporation, was responsible to get the work executed in terms of the statement made by him before the court. "In case he feels that the contractor is not fulfilling his contractual obligations, it is his duty to point out the same to the court well in time, not the way he has done by filing the affidavit at a belated stage," the court order added.
The court also directed its two-member committee to furnish its report fortnightly, as directed earlier. The committee will also see that the money released by the state government to the contractor is used only for the purpose for which it is released.
"The committee is further directed to point out whether the contractor is working with zeal and in terms of the contract and any defiance made by the contractor will be brought to the notice of the court," the order read.