Hyderabad, Apr 7 (PTI) The Telangana High Court on Wednesday allowed appeals filed by a District collector and a retired official, offering todo social service in lieu of fines imposed on them in a contempt case.
The present Nalgonda District Collector, who was joint collector of Warangal and a woman official (who subsequently retired) in the civil supplies corporation, were earlier convicted by a single Judge in a contempt case filed by a rice mill ownerin Warangal district.
The court had imposed a penalty of Rs 2,000 each on them, but the officials preferred an appeal over this and sought quashing of the conviction order before a Division Bench.
The court during the previous hearing, agreed to do so, provided they were willing to do some social service.
They filed affidavits offering to do social service and a bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy on Wednesday allowed their appeals on fulfilment of conditions and set aside the single judge order.
The Nalgonda District Collector was asked to visit an orphanage weekly once for six months and serveorphaned childrenfor two hours.
The retired official was asked to visit two orphanages and provide lunch on the occasion of Ugadi festival and Sri Ram Navami.
The contempt case against them pertained to allotting paddy to a rice miller, who approached the High Court and it directed the officials to restore paddy supply to the mill.
As there was delay in implementing the orders of the High Court, the single judge took the matter seriously and imposed a penalty of Rs 2,000 each on them.
Earlier in the day, while hearing another contempt case against another official, the bench made serious observations, saying there were so many contempt cases in the state that indicates lack of respect towards the court by officials.
Henceforth, the court will be very serious in contempt cases, it said, adding it may constitute a separate bench for contempt cases. PTI VVK GDK BN BN