HC orders ONGC Chairman to appear on Jan 27 in contempt case
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Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 23:41
Chennai: Taking a strong view over his not appearing in the court in a contempt case, the Madras High Court today directed ONGC Chairman RS Sharma to appear before it on January 27.

The Court passed the order as Sharma did not heed its earlier directive to appear before it on a matter relating to regularising 51 contract labours.

The petitioners had sought a direction to ONGC to regularise them and be appointed as marine assistant radio operators with effect from August 2 2006.

Following the application, the Court ordered ONGC to regularise them and provide all monetary and other benefits.

As ONGC did not comply with the order, the petitioners moved a contempt petition.

On January 7, Justice Elipe Dharma Rao of the Madras High Court had initiated contempt proceedings against Sharma, with a directive to him to appear in court on Friday.

However, counsel for Sharma filed a counter affidavit and an application today, seeking to dispense with his personal appearance.

In his counter, Sharma said he has to complete urgent work as he was retiring on Jan 31 this year and was ready to appear on any other date. ONGC Executive Director and Chief (Human resources) Taquir Hussain, was ready to appear before the court, he said.

When the matter came up on Friday before Justice Elipe Dharma Rao, Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam appeared on behalf of ONGC.

Stating that the court takes strong exception to contents in the counter, the judge in his order said Subramanian had expressed sincere regrets and undertaken to withdraw it.

He then posted the matter to Jan 27 and directed Sharma to appear in person on the date.


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 23:41

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