On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan moved Supreme Court against bailable warrant issued against him by Allahabad HC in a case related to the state Jal Nigam.
The SC agreed to hear the plea of this Samajwadi Party leader on Tuesday.
On 1 March, the Allahabad High Court had issued a bailable warrant against minister Khan after he did not appear in a case related to the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam which he heads.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court ordered issue of the warrant against Khan on a service petition filed by the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam in 2013.
The petition was filed challenging the judgement of the Uttar Pradesh Public Services Tribunal in favour of assistant engineer DK Singh, against whom the Jal Nigam had initiated recovery proceedings for financial irregularities.
A division bench of Justices Sudhir Agarwala and RN Mishra passed the order against Khan after rejecting an exemption application moved on his behalf.
It said the warrant was being issued against him for securing his presence in the court on 6 March, the next date of hearing.
The high court, in its earlier order on 17 February, had said that a document filed by the petitioners appeared to be forged and fictitious and issued notices to the petitioners to show cause as to why appropriate proceedings not be initiated against them for forgery and committing contempt/criminal contempt of court.
On Monday, the Allahabad High Court had directed the chief judicial magistrate and the SSP of Lucknow to appear before it on Tuesday and explain as to why action not be taken against them for not complying with its order related to bailable warrant against Khan.
The Lucknow division bench of Agarwala and Mishra passed the order directing the CJM and the SSP to explain as to why action should not be taken against them for committing deliberate and intentional contempt of the court's order.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Mar 07, 2017 12:03 PM | Updated Date: Mar 07, 2017 12:03 PM