UP Education Dept Review Finds Over 400 Contempt of Lawsuits Pending

LUCKNOW: a review conducted by the primary education department on lawsuits shows 175 cases of contempt alleging non-compliance with court orders, and 136 pending cases where no counter affidavits have been filed.
The investigation shows that 38 contempt cases from different districts were registered for hearings in the months of September, October and November.
An analysis of pending lawsuits (based on information from BSAs) shows that three districts – Barabanki (25), Pratapgarh (22) and Bulandshahr (16) – have the highest number of cases in which no counter affidavits have been filed. In total, there are 753 such cases.
Chaired by Director-General, School Education, VK Anand, with the support of the Department’s Legal Adviser, DP Singh, the quarterly review found there are approximately 425 contempt cases. The top three districts with the highest pending contempt cases are Saharanpur (41), Mathura (24) and Pratapgarh (20).
The DG has asked all BSAs and Heads of Department to remove contempt cases requiring personal action from the Director-Secretary, Primary Education, in an effective and time-bound manner, with maximum consideration and precaution.
He has also instructed all department heads to strictly enforce counter affidavits as soon as possible and to make every effort to club and dispose of all pending contempt cases of a similar nature. The officials concerned have been instructed to expedite requests for expeditious processing of special professions/applications for special leave.
Key topics/issues addressed in contempt cases include appointment of next of kin of dying in harness, reassignment, falsified appointments, recognition, disciplinary proceedings, old pension, granting of aid and others, the evaluation report found. Gross financial expenditure and involvement in policy issues are among the most common problems the department faces in complying with court orders, the review report said.

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