Court passes orders, officials don’t bother to read them- HC Division bench pulls up officials for delay in implementing 2011 order for setting up abattoir
The High Court has pulled up State Government officials for not implementing its earlier orders for setting up an abattoir. The division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice Alok Kumar Verma observed that while the court passes orders, the government officials don’t bother to even read them. Stating that this is gross negligence on part of the administrative officials, the division bench asked if the court will have to approach every department to get its orders implemented. The HC had ordered setting up of slaughter house in 2011 but the government has not only failed to implement the order but is now seeking more time to build an abattoir.
On Monday, the Urban Development secretary, Nainital district magistrate, Nainital municipality executive officer and the municipal commissioner of Haldwani appeared in the high court. Not being satisfied with the affidavit submitted by the Urban Development secretary, the court directed him to submit an affidavit with complete facts on Tuesday. The division bench warned that criminal contempt charges will be framed against the officials concerned if any discrepancy is found in the affidavit. While hearing the case, the judges also asked officials as to where the meat in Uttarakhand was coming from. It was stated on behalf of the government that the meat was being brought from Bareilly and Noida. It will be recalled that in the past, the court had directed all the district magistrates to shut down illegal abattoirs and ascertain where the meat being sold in the state was being sourced from. The government had been directed to submit a report on this in the court but the same has not been submitted yet. The court had then issued a show cause notice to the officials concerned and ordered them to appear in the court in person. The hearing in this case will continue on Tuesday.
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 | PNS | Nanital
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