Hyderabad: Gaddiannaram Wholesale Fruit Commission Agents Association suffered a major setback after Telangana High Court asked them to shift their businesses to a new marketplace at Batasingaram within one month.

Gaddiannaram fruit market is being shifted to Batasingaram temporarily. Later it will be permanently shifted to Koheda. A super­speciality hospital is proposed to be built at Gaddiannaram.

Telangana High Court on Monday declined to interfere in the matter of shifting the market and handing over the market land to the government to construct a super­speciality hospital.

A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice A. Rajasheker Reddy while disposing of a batch of writ appeals and writ petitions hoped that the state government would make all necessary arrangements at the make­shift market at Batasingaram for the convenience of all stakeholders like fruit sellers and commission agents.

The bench permitted members of the Wholesale Fruit Commission Agents Association, other licence holders, and the petitioners to continue their operations from the present Gaddiannaram market for a month. During this time the authorities should expedite works like shifting the cold storage, setting up a primary health center with a medical doctor, canteen, and toilets, the bench said.

The bench took a serious note of the authorities not permitting the traders to continue their operations at Gaddiannaram market for two days despite the court order passed in a batch of writ petitions.

The bench imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on Commissioner and Director of Agricultural Marketing G. Lakshmi Bai and Agricultural Market Committee Secretary Padma Harsha for willful disobedience of its orders under Sections 10 to 12 of the Contempt of Courts Act and warned them not to repeat such mistakes

The bench noted that not complying with the HC strikes at the very root of the rule of law on which the judicial system rests. Disobedience of court orders would not only disturb individual litigants but also brings disrepute to the administration of justice, the bench observed.

Despite the court adjourning the contempt of court matter filed by the petitioners, the Commissioner and Director of Agricultural Marketing and the Selection Grade Secretary of Gaddiannaram Agricultural Marketing Committee did not file any counter-affidavits.

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