You cannot violate law, SC warns UP Govt officers

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When two senior officers of UP Government acted whimsically and turned down the Allahabad High Court order, the Supreme Court extended a stern warning to them.

The Supreme Court concluded that the officers had scant respect for the High court order and were totally disregarding it. They were callous and this cannot be tolerated. The officers have to be law abiders, the SC said.

The High court had directed the Govt to grant class four employees relief in their service matters regarding arrears of pay, etc which was stiffly opposed by the officers. When they did not implement the order, the employees initiated contempt of court proceedings. The Allahabad HC then ordered arrest warrant against the officers for gross violation of its order which was appealed again by the UP Govt in Supreme court.

A bench presided by the Chief Justice said that the attitude and behaviour of the two senior officers cannot be tolerated. They have no respect for law and order.

It is only a bailable warrant issued. It should have been non-bailable arrest warrant, the SC remarked.

The SC dismissed the appeals filed by the state and directed the govt to implement the HC order.

The SC severely admonished the additional chief secretary and the principal secretary of the UP Govt.

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