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Uttarakhand HC directs 3 former CMs to file a response in contempt petition case

Lawstreet Journal 17 Sep 2020 10:12pm

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The Uttarakhand High Court on Monday (September 14, 2020) directed three former chief ministers - Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Vijay Bahuguna, and Bhuvan Chand Khanduri - to file their response in a contempt petition case within two weeks. The contempt petition was filed in August regarding non-compliance with the court’s earlier order regarding the non-payment of pending dues. The petitioner is Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK), a Dehradun-based NGO. Rakesh Thapliyal, the counsel of Nishank, and Vikas Bahuguna, the counsel of Vijay Bahuguna and Khanduri, said the court has given them two weeks to file their response in the matter. Kartikey Hari Gupta, the counsel of the petitioner, said as the former CMs didn’t comply with the HC directions. RLEK filed the contempt petition against the three and the chief secretary, following which the court issued show-cause notices to them. “Chief secretary Om Prakash has filed his response affidavit in the court in which he has stated that the state government has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court in the case, hence the contempt petition may be deferred. The counsels for the three CMs also appeared and sought time to file A response. The court has given two weeks to them to file their response and ordered that the matter be posted immediately after two weeks for further hearing,” he said.

On May 3, 2019, the HC had directed the ex-CMs to pay the market rent amounting to Rs 2.8 crore for the buildings occupied by them within… Continue Reading...

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