The court had slammed the CoP for failing to comply with court orders on Thursday.

After Madras HC pulls up Chennai Commissioner George to appear in contempt case on March 22Screengrab/Thanthi TV
news Law Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:17

A day after the Madras High Court hit out the Chennai Police Commissioner for not obeying its orders, Additional Advocate General informed the court on Friday that S George would appear before it on March 22.  

COP S George was summoned by Justice N Kirubakaran after failing to comply with court orders. He had been directed to provide police security to a whistleblower.

The Additional Advocate General Venkatramani had on Thursday urged the court to reconsider the summons issued to the Police Commissioner.

Slamming the Chennai Police Commissioner, the judge said that the senior officer was setting a bad precedent for subordinates by disrespecting court orders, reported Times of India.

The court also rejected the state government’s proposal to file a counter affidavit to review the summons, stating it was a “matter of procedure”.

“Court is not a place of sin, and the commissioner need not consider appearing in court as a prestige issue. Let him appear tomorrow or the day after, at his convenience. What is the problem?" said Justice Kirubakaran on Thursday.

The case relates to a writ petition filed by Chennai resident Pon Thangavel, who alleged that his former local councillor V Annamalai was paying only Rs 55 and Rs 110 as property tax for his several bungalows. This even as V Annamalai’s election affidavit stated that he does not own any property.

Justice Kirubakaran went on to order protection for Thangavel after directing State Election Commission to submit the asset details of councillors elected between 2006 and 2016, reported The Hindu.

With Commissioner George not having complied with the order, Thangavel’s advocate moved court with a contempt petition on Thursday.

 

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