If officials defy court orders, they must face the music: No relief from SC for Noida CEO | Delhi News

New Delhi: Noida CEO Ritu Maheshwari petitioned the Supreme Court on Monday to avoid the ignominy of being arrested to appear before Allahabad HC in a contempt case but got no relief as the SC said bureaucrats defying court orders had to face the music.
Maheshwari’s absence from contempt proceedings, relating to a quashed land acquisition case, had led the HC to issue non-releasable warrants against the IAS officer on May 7 and to order the police to produce it on May 13. She filed her appeal against the HC’s order. at 10:33 a.m. Monday and Additional Solicitor General Balbir Singh requested an urgent plea hearing from CJI NV Ramana.
Singh said the female IAS officer had two young children who had exams. She appeared before the HC but was slow to appear in court, Singh said and called it regrettable that the HC issued NBW against her.
But CJI Ramana, who recently highlighted at the conference of chief justices and chief ministers the growing cases of defiance of court orders by bureaucracy and the executive, showed no mercy. “As an IAS officer, she knows the rules and the laws. If you don’t obey court orders, you have to face the music,” the CJI said.
“Every day we see this happening especially at HC Allahabad. One or the other officer is before us seeking redress against HC by passing an order against them for challenge in court,” said the CJI. However, he asked the ASG to circulate the petition for registration to an appropriate bench. “I cannot order the registration of the petition without carefully reading the content of the plea and satisfying myself,” he said.
Allahabad HC, which had filed contempt of court proceedings against Noida CEO and his predecessors in the overturned land acquisition case, was furious when Maheshwari failed to appear before him following ‘notice. Criticizing the officer’s conduct, the HC in its May 7 order said: “She was supposed to be here at 10 a.m. Therefore, the court cannot endorse the conduct of the CEO, Noida, in taking off after the court begins to operate and expecting the court to wait for her and take up the case once she reaches the court.”

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