Himachal Pradesh High Court directed Chief Information Commissioner Bhim Sen to remain present in the court on October 9 and explain as to why a proceeding for the contempt of court was not initiated against him for ‘deliberately disobeying’ the orders passed by the High Court in Priyanka Gandhi’s land case .
The court, earlier had summoned both CIC Bhim Sen and Information Commissioner K D Batish for going ahead with a RTI case relating to denial of information by the Deputy Commissioner Shimla in Priyanka Gandhi’s property at Chharabra, near Shimla.
On Friday, Bhim Singh did not appear before the court and had filed an application for seeking his personal exemption from appearance. The court accepted his plea for the day but passed fresh orders asking him to remain present on the next date of hearing i.e. October 9.
State Information Commissioner K D Batish, who was present in the court sought two weeks time to file a reply on the show cause notice.
The court granted his time by a division bench comprising Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary and Justice P S Rana. In the contempt petition filed by Priyanka Gandhi, she had alleged that despite clear orders of the High Court staying Information Commission’s directions to Deputy Commissioner Shimla to release entire information on Priyanka Gandhi’s land purchase during year 2007, and later in 2011-2012, to RTI activists Devashish Bhattacharya .
“The contemnors have violated the orders passed by the High Court willfully, whereby the execution and operation of the order passed by State Information Commissioner was stayed,” she informed the High Court.
It was alleged that despite stay order passed by the High Court in the writ petition filed by the petitioner, the SIC proceeded with the matter and had summoned the record from Deputy Commissioner Shimla, ADM Shimla and Tehsildar Rural for August 20,2015 in the matter pertaining to the information relating to the land purchased for construction of the house.