Not listening to directions despite being present in the Punjab and Haryana Court has landed a senior Haryana IPS officer in trouble. Recently, the officer – K K Sindhu, posted as ADGP (Vigilance Bureau) in Gurgaon – had a narrow escape for allegedly not understanding the directions issued to him by a judge. The court held him “prima facie guilty of civil contempt of court”. Though he was let off on the basis of “benefit of doubt”, but the court recorded scathing observations questioning his “sincerity”.
A bench headed by Justice Jitendra Chauhan had issued a contempt of court notice to Sindhu for not complying with its directions in a cheating case. In April this year, the court had withdrawn the contempt notice, but only after recording scathing observations against Sindhu.
The order, whereby Justice Jitendra Chauhan withdrew the contempt notice, stated: “The deponent (K K Sindhu) has admitted that though he was present in the court, he could not hear and understand the orders of the court and came to learn the order only through the letter written to him by the office of Advocate General, Haryana. The deponent, in his affidavit, has stated that the absence before the court was neither intentional nor malafide.
The deponent is a senior functionary in the rank of ADGP in the State Vigilance Department. This is beyond comprehension of this court as to how an officer of such a stature particularly, when he was assisted by his subordinate officer and state was duly represented, could not understand the order.
The reasons cited by the deponent in his affidavit show him in the poor light.” Justice Chauhan added: “The explanation rendered though goes to prove the fact that the deponent is not sincere and vigilant in exercising his duties. However, in view of the explanation rendered by him and by giving benefit of doubt, this court is inclined to withdraw the show cause notice issued.”
On December 11, 2013, the court had directed Sindhu to file an affidavit detailing the efforts made by the state to arrest the accused involved in a case of cheating, forgery, fraud and criminal conspiracy. In an FIR registered on May 14, 2012, a few revenue officers of Palwal were accused of allegedly conniving with private developers and grabbing village common land.
The directions were issued in Sindhu’s presence. He was also asked by the court to remain present on the next date of hearing – December 16, 2013. However, on December 16, 2013, Sindhu neither filed a status report nor appeared in the court. Following this, the court issued him a contempt notice.