Court orders are meant for compliance and not for dumping in the garbage bin,the Punjab and Haryana High Court today told two IAS officers for not complying with court directions on seeking mandatory environment clearance for mining in Punjab.
As ordered by the court during the previous hearing,the IAS officers - Karan Avtar Singh,Principal Secretary,Department of Industries and Commerce,and his predecessor A R Talwar - were present in the court today. The two officers were questioned on the governments failure to comply with court directions.
Unhappy with the explanations offered,a division bench of Justices Jasbir Singh and G S Sandhawalia said that court orders are meant to be implemented and not junked. While the bench granted Talwar exemption from appearance,it asked Singh to be present on September 19.
The court,during the previous hearing,had issued showcause notices to the two officers asking them to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for not complying with Supreme Court directions issued on August 17 last year.
As many as 241 operational projects for mining on less than five hectares are hanging fire. The Punjab government had filed only one application before the Centre for environment clearance.