Two IAS officers get one month'' s prison in AP, fine of Rs 1000 for disobeying HC orders


VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday sentenced 2 IAS officials to one month’s imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 each for not implementing court orders on the filling of specific vacancies in the gardening department.

Handling a contempt petition, Justice B. Devanand observed that the two officials– panchayat raj commissioner Girija Shankar and horticulture commissioner Chiranjeevi Chowdary– willfully disobeyed the court instructions and should have punishment.

The judge called the two authorities for their personal look on Tuesday. However, he withdrew his order after government unique counsel Suman provided a dedication to the court that its orders would be implemented in the next 2 weeks.

The gardening department had in January, 2020, provided a notification to fill village cultivation assistant posts. It later provided an amendment erasing numerous eligibility parameters. Some 35 candidates challenged this in court.

The High Court ditched the amended notice and gave an interim instructions to the federal government to consider the candidatures of the 35 petitioners too.

Even after tiring all the legal remedies and courts providing a clear direction to think about the pleas of the 35, the authorities ignored the orders. This required the candidates to submit a contempt case.

Released at Tue, 22 Jun 2021 19:01:25 +0000