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Admn to cough up Rs 5,000 as penalty for delay in reply to PIL

A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur today slapped a penalty of Rs 5,000 on the UT Administration for not filing a reply despite having been given four opportunities to do the same.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 13, 2009 1:46:27 am

A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur today slapped a penalty of Rs 5,000 on the UT Administration for not filing a reply despite having been given four opportunities to do the same.

The court observed that the cost shall be recovered from the salary of the concerned officer who was accountable for the delay in filing the reply.

The Administration had taken four opportunities to file a reply against a PIL filed by Advocate H C Arora.

The petitioner had sought a high-level inquiry into the acts of the Police department of the UT in retaining certain police officials in service who have been held guilty of corruption in various departmental

enquiries.

The petitioner had also sought an inquiry into the conduct of authorities of the Engineering department of UT Chandigarh in reinstating 16 employees of the department when they were facing criminal proceedings on charges of

corruption.

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