The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday came down heavily on the Punjab government for ‘wasting judicial time of the court’ and failing to apprise it of the action taken against officers responsible for committing irregularities detected by audit authorities in the disbursement of grants from the quota of chief minister and deputy chief minister.
The disapproval was expressed during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by Advocate H C Arora,who had moved the high court seeking directions to the state government for introducing adequate safeguards against misuse of discretionary grants from the chief minister/ministers and parliamentary secretaries quota.
The Punjab government,on the last date of hearing,was directed by the high court to furnish details of the action to be taken in regard to officers responsible for irregularities detected by the audit authorities in the disbursement of grants.
Rather than apprising the court of the action taken,the government filed an affidavit. The bench held that “taking the affidavit on record will amount to avoidable wastage of judicial time of the court. The bench,therefore,directed the government to submit detailed information regarding action to be taken.