SC issues contempt notice to Home secretary & DGP of UP

The SC issued a contempt notice to the Home Secy and the Director General of Police of UP for allegedly not complying with its order of reinstatement of all 19,000 police constables whose jobs were terminated.

Last Updated: May 09, 2011, 23:17 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a
contempt notice to the Home Secretary and the Director General
of Police of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly not complying with
its order of reinstatement of all 19,000 police constables
whose jobs were terminated by the government in 2007.

A bench of Justices DK Jain and HL Dattu directed the
top officials to file its reply within eight weeks on why the
order of reinstatement passed by the Supreme Court in 2009 has
not been complied with.

The bench said the two officials will have to be
personally present in the court if they fail to respond to the
court`s notice in due time.

"Show cause as to why action for not complying with the
order dated December 16, 2009, be not initiated against them,"
the bench said while hearing a contempt petition filed by two
sacked constables.

"The authorities have acted in arbitrary and
discriminatory manner by refusing to grant appointment to all
selected candidates (including the petitioners) though all of
them are similarly placed," advocate Praveen Agrawal,
appearing for the constables, said.

Around 19,000 police constables were appointed in 2005
during Mulayam Singh Yadav`s tenure as Chief Minister but
they were sacked shortly after Mayawati took over the reins of
in the state in 2007.

PTI