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HC holds Batala civic body to be ‘clearly in contempt’

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Chandigarh, May 18

Nearly six months after the Punjab and Haryana HC ordered the grant of benefits to the family of a deceased employee, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina today held Batala Municipal Council to be “clearly in contempt”.

The employee, Balbir Kumar, had moved the HC in 2016 against the state government and other respondents. But he died during the pendency of the writ petition, following which the matter was pursued by his legal representatives.

As the contempt petition filed by them through counsel Gagneshwar Walia came up for hearing through videoconferencing, Justice Raina asserted: “The Municipal Council, Batala, may be reminded that the compliance was due in December, 2019, and apparently, no steps have been taken to implement the directions”.

Appearing before the Bench, state counsel Anu Pal, however, undertook to inform the MC to clear the entire outstanding amounts under the decree of the HC and make payment within 15 days to the legal representatives of the deceased employee through RTGS into their bank account. Disposing of the petition, Justice Raina enhanced the interest rate from 6 to 9% per annum. — TNS



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