Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked Chief Secretary of the state to ensure implementation of its judgments and orders without any default.
Hearing a contempt petition filed by some Junior Engineers of Public Works Department, a single bench Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey asked the Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday to impress upon all the government officers to be “vigilant and cautious.”
The court passed the directions in a contempt petition—Mir Syed Imtiyaz and others Vs Tanveer Jahan—which has remained on board for last about a year.
“This court in terms of order passed on (October 21, 2013) reluctantly granted ten days time to file statement of facts with direction that in default, respondents shall appear in person,” the bench observed.
Subsequently, in terms of the order on October 31, 2013, three weeks further time was granted to the respondents to comply with the direction and in default respondent was directed to appear in person on nest hearing in the petition.
On December 10, 2013, the case was again adjourned awaiting compliance by the official respondents. “Despite various opportunities, respondents have failed to file the statement of facts/compliance report,” the bench observed.
On asking by the bench about non-compliance of the orders, Addition Advocate General Hilal A Lone, referred to his endeavor to ensure filing of statement of facts and submitted that respondents have not extended cooperation.
“Before proceeding further, it has become necessary to send a copy of the order to Chief Secretary for ensuring response in light of the directions passed by the court from time to time,” the bench of Justice Magrey said.
“While submitting the response, I hope and trust that Chief Secretary will ensure implementation of judgments, orders which have earned finality, without any default. And, may in this regard impress upon all the government officers to be vigilant and cautious,” the court said, adding, “Let the response be filed in four weeks.”
The petitioners are presently working as junior engineers in PWD and claim that their colleagues who are holding the same position filed a writ petition in the High Court which was disposed of on November 5, 1999 and they were held entitled for the grade sanctioned by the government in terms of an order dated 24-11-1997.
Present petitioners submit that they are similarly situated and the judgment was equally applicable to their case.
The petitioners demand extension of the benefits as been granted to their colleagues.