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HC punishes two Collectors for contempt

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HC punishes two Collectors for contempt:


  • The Sircilla collector and his two subordinates were sentenced to three months’ jail by the Telangana high court for wilful violation of the court’s order in a contempt case.
  • The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 2,000 and directed the convicted officials to pay Rs 10,000 towards legal costs to each of the 11 farmers who moved the court against the errant officials.

What’s the issue?

Petitioners said land and houses were taken over by the state for constructing Ananthagiri reservoir as part of its Kaleswaram irrigation project.

  • They were dispossessed from their fields without awarding compensation and rehabilitation as laid down under the land acquisition Act, 2013.
  • Upon completion of the construction of the reservoir, water was released from it resulting in the submergence of their fields and houses.

Sources: the Hindu.