Jail IAS officers flouting court orders, HC tells Tamil Nadu govt-Justice Vaidyanathan gave one-month ultimatum for the government to issue a government order/ circular by fixing the time limit for disposal of applications.

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Jail IAS officers flouting court orders, HC tells Tamil Nadu govt

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CHENNAI: IAS officers flouting court orders should face imprisonmentprimarily, and other punishments such as contempt proceedings or fine should only be secondary punishment, the Madras high court has held.
Issuing a stern warning to the state bureaucrats notorious for non-compliance of court rulings, Justice S Vaidyanathan said, “If the äuthority is an IAS officer and he/she has disobeyed the orders of this court, they should be punished with imprisonment and imposition of fine under the Contempt of Courts Act will be secondary, and the imprisonment should be primary…”
The judge, passing orders on a farmer’s plea on patta entries, also pointed out that of late, several cases had been filed for ‘disposal of applications’ pending with officials.

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“If those applications are disposed of by the authorities concerned in time, the parties need not unnecessarily approach this court for such specific directions. It is not known as to why an order of the court is required for the authorities to do their job… for which salary is provided to them,” Justice Vaidyanathan added.
It is made clear that the time limit specified in law must be adhered to in disposing of the applications, failing which the authorities concerned will have to face departmental proceedings for their misdemeanor/ deviant/ misconduct, dereliction of duty, lack of devotion to work and lack of integrity, so as to deprive them of their entire terminal benefits, which will be an eye-opener for others not to follow the errant officials, said Justice Vaidyanathan.
The outcome of the departmental proceedings must be entered in the service register of the official concerned, the court said.
Justice Vaidyanathan gave one-month ultimatum for the government to issue a government order/ circular by fixing the time limit for disposal of applications.
As for the plea moved by Mathavadiyan to direct revenue divisional officer of Tenkasi to dispose his appeal under the Patta Passbook Act, relating to a property he had purchased in Ambasamudram taluk, Justice Vaidyanathan said, “It is made clear that if any application is filed under the Tamil Nadu Patta Pass Book Act, for modification of entries in the patta, it shall have to be decided within 120 days from the date of receipt of application. If there is any appeal, it has to be disposed of within 90 days and revision within 60 days.”

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Tamil Nadu State Haj Committee invites applications

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CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu State Haj Committee has invited applications from Muslims residing in the state who intend to perform Haj pilgrimage during Haj 2021, subject to certain terms and conditions. Kochi will be the embarkation point for the pilgrims from Tamil Nadu.
The entire process of Haj application is provisional, subject to final guidelines of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The applicants can fill in online forms until December 10 through Haj Committee of India portal, www.hajcommittee.gov.in or through Haj Committee of India mobile app.
Some features of Haj 2021 include: Age limit for pilgrimage between 18 and 65 years, children below 18 years not allowed and Haj journey will be for 30-35 days. The accommodation space will be 9sq m per pilgrim, and standardized baggage will be provided by the Haj Committee of India.
The embarkation points for Haj 2021 has been reduced from 21 to 10 due to Covid-19. They are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar. There is no provision of NRIs due to Covid-19.
For further details, Haj information centre of Haj Committee of India shall be contacted at 022-22107070

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