Hyderabad: Telangana High Court on Wednesday asked Nalgonda District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil to do social service at an orphanage for two hours a week for six months as a punishment for his willful disobedience of the court orders.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Hima Kohli directed the collector to spend two hours every weekend to serve the orphans in one of the orphanages in Nalgonda.
The court said if he misses any weekend that should be adjustable by serving an extra day.
The compliance of these orders should be submitted before the high court after being certified by the orphanage officials and district principal judge of Nalgonda.
The court said it should contain the details as to how many hours and the dates thereof he had served in the orphanage. This report should be filed on October 30.
Patil, who was the then joint collector, civil supplies, Warangal district had been found guilty in a contempt case for willfully disobeying the orders of the single judge by not allotting custom-milled paddy for the Kharif season 2015-16 to G. Chandrasekhar, proprietor of Parameshwara Binny Rice Mill, Parvathagiri Mandal, Warangal, despite the fact that there were orders from the court that he allots the custom-milled paddy.
The court gave the order after the mill owner filed a petition that his mill was closed down by the district administration on the grounds that there were some discrepancies in the operation of the mill.
The district authorities also seized half of the stock stored at the mill and filed a case against its owner. They also stopped the supply of paddy to the mill following which the owner approached the court. But the court order was not implemented, forcing the petitioner to file a contempt petition in the High Court.
A division bench of the High Court gave the orders after the contemnors sought suspension of the order of a single judge issued in the past which imposed `2,000 costs on each of them or jail for six weeks for not implementing the court orders issued in 2016 relating to the restoration of supply of rice to Parameswari Rice Mill in Warangal district for custom milling. Patil was the Joint Collector of Warangal district at that time.
The court also asked the retired district civil supplies officer P Sandhya Rani, the then DSO of Warangal, to provide food to inmates of the orphanage on Rama Navami and Ugadi as punishment in contempt of court case. As she was unable to serve in the orphanage home, due to the ill health, the court directed her to arrange food for two days.