In compliance to an observation of the High Court, the chief secretary has directed all administrative secretaries to review the contempt petitions pending against their departments and take decisions regarding these pleas.
The CS has ordered the review of the contempt pleas following the observation of the High Court that approximately 4000 contempt petitions are pending before the Srinagar wing of the High Court.
A division bench of the High Court presided over by Chief Justice Gita Mittal, in a passing reference here on November 26, had observed that in case the directions issued by the court are not complied with, the court will be constrained to summon the administrative secretaries and heads of the departments for non-compliance of its orders.
In keeping with this observation, the CS has directed all administrative secretaries to review the contempt petitions.The administrative secretaries have been directed to take the decisions in the contempt petitions in consultation with the department of law, justice and parliamentary affairs if the need be.
Earlier also the High Court had made strong observations against the government for sitting over judgments. More than 63000 cases are currently pending with Srinagar and Jammu wings of the High Court.