In a relief to Haryana Director (Town and Country Planning) T C Gupta,the Supreme Court on Monday stayed an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,which had held him guilty of contempt of court,as despite the HC ordering that fresh licenses for construction will not be issued in Gurgaon,Gupta had allegedly issued a licence for construction to a private builder.
The conviction was stayed by the SC minutes before the case was to come up for hearing in the high court on Monday the HC was scheduled to decide the quantum of sentence to be awarded to Gupta. The case has been adjourned till August 27.
On July 24,a division bench had held Gupta guilty of contempt of court in a case pertaining to construction at sectors 63 and 67 in Gurgaon. After these sectors were developed,it was found that some of the internal roads were culminating in dead ends and drains were flowing between sectors. To provide a solution to the problem,the Haryana government had decided to further develop and extend these sectors.
However,a Gurgaon resident moved the high court last year alleging that some private builders had benefitted after they were illegally granted license for further construction in these sectors. The court,on August 18,2011 ordered a status quo on further construction.
Gupta was issued contempt notices two months ago for allegedly disobeying the orders.
Gurgaon DC faces contempt case
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued showcause notices to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner,PC Meena asking him to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him. The orders were passed last week,after a petitioner moved the court alleging that the DC failed to implement an HC order on May 28 in which it had directed Meena to ensure that no construction is carried out by four builders in Gurgaon till further orders. The case will now come up for resumed hearing on September 17.