Irked that its orders were not followed, the Hyderabad High Court issued contempt notices to Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration, Karikal Valevan and state election commissioner Ramesh Kumar on Friday.
The notices demanded an explanation, on why officials failed to comply with the High Court’s order with respect to conducting the Kakinada Municipal Corporation elections.
During an earlier hearing, the court was informed that the authorities would conduct the elections by September 2016, or at least within two months after that, TOI reported.
The two-member bench of the court was hearing a petition filed by one C Narayana Murthy, who stated that elections were yet to be held in Kakinada.
During the earlier hearing last year, the officials assured the court that elections would be conducted within 45 days. Following this, the court closed the case taking note of their assurance. However, since they failed to keep up their word, the court has issued contempt notices, Eenadu reported.
The court also asked the officials to conduct the municipal corporation election in Kurnool.
The two IAS officers were directed to be present at the court on August 4.
Just last week, the HC issued contempt notices to the state’s Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Nilam Sawhney and its Commissioner for Collegiate Education K Sunitha.
According to reports, the court had asked them to explain, why they failed to implement an order of the court and absorb a Guntur lecturer in an aided post.