SC slaps cost of Rs 25,000 on Satyendra Jain for not disclosing names of non-compliant officers

On Friday, Jain had filed a personal affidavit claiming that officers were not taking orders from him

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2016 1:40 am
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UNDERLINING THAT “people are dying every hour”, the Supreme Court imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on Health Minister Satyendar Jain for seeking more time to disclose names of officials who he claimed were disobeying his orders with regard to tackling the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya in the capital.

“When people are dying in Delhi every hour, you don’t need 24 hours to file an affidavit,” said a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice D Y Chandrachud when Jain’s counsel asked for time till Tuesday to file the affidavit along with the names of non-compliant officials.

Last week, the court had taken strong exception to Jain’s allegation that officials were not cooperating and taking responsibility to check the spread of vector-borne diseases, and had asked him to bring the names on record by filing an additional affidavit. However, senior counsel C U Singh, who represented Jain, rued the “short period” he had got to do so and sought more time.

At this, the bench retorted: “Why have you not given the names and evidences on affidavit? You have made very serious allegations against them. You deposit Rs 25,000 by today as cost for not filing the affidavit with legal service authority.”

It added: “We deliberately gave you a short period of time. It is a very serious matter. People are dying of the disease. You had made allegations against the officials but still you did not file an affidavit. You made tall claims. You should have filed it by Saturday.” The court fixed the matter for further hearing on Tuesday.

Later in the day, Jain submitted his additional affidavit in the court, accusing Delhi Health Secretary Chandrakar Bharti of scuttling the AAP government’s plan to deal with the disease outbreak. Jain claimed that Bharti has not been available for interacting with him on several occasions and has “disobeyed request of participating in meetings”.

“It was very clear to me that he believed that the minister was not his competent authority and his competent authority happened to be the Lieutenant Governor. I further state that my colleague and I share this impression that many of the senior officers of the GNCTD are being persuaded to believe that the ministers of the government do not exercise authority but it is the LG who alone is the competent authority,” contended Jain.

He said it was not possible for any department or successful government to function when civil servants bypass the ministerial authority, and claimed that several cabinet proposals relating to health have been “unjustifiably and inexplicably delayed” by Health Secretary Bharti.

Jain added that he was constrained to file the previous affidavit blaming the officials for disobeying him on account of Bharti undermining the legal authority of ministers, while other officials remained hesitant to take decisions without LG’s permission.

The health minister’s affidavit has also raised the question over the GNCTD being represented by the LG and the Health Secretary separately in the apex court, and said only the AAP government and its ministers were competent to argue.

“I request this court to first determine who is in custody of the proceedings… I state that the L-G does not have the carriage of the proceedings of the Government of NCT of Delhi since the government has the council of ministers, presided over by the Chief Minister,” said Jain.

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  1. I
    Oct 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm
    Excellent. More drama from AAP. AAP Minister: "They are not listening to me. Modi conspiracy ". Court: "who are they?". AAP Minister: "ummmm.... hard to say"
    1. I
      IML sood
      Oct 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm
      Dogs along with gutter pigs of AAP are out in number when their masters get hitting not by the people but now by HC.He is the same minister who is under instigation for money laundering ans concealment of wealth.They can fool thecpeople by false speaking but the same trick taught to them by chief kicker Khujli will not work in court of law.He cannot escape now because he has to give proofs also with the names of the officers whom he has blamed falsely.Just recall the same episode when their water minister wanted to to blame Haryana Govt. in SC and he himself went to SC to be present himself in Courts' proceedings was told by the SC to go back to his office to do some work instead of wasting his time there.They are shameless creatures so many more such instances will come in future also.
      1. B
        Oct 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm
        AAP is against BRAHMINISM. So it should be destro
        1. S
          Oct 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm
          Nautanki AAP ki
          1. R
            Oct 4, 2016 at 3:59 am
            Supreme Court lately has become a center of politics. For over 3 weeks the Karnataka government has been ignoring and pushing a critical verdict like release of Cauvery water to TN. The SC has not taken any action against KA in spite of contempt of court. A minister in AAP doesnt not respond to a notice within a couple of days, he gets 25k penalty ? Who is the SC taking orders from ?
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