Madras High Court today directed former Home Secretary, Apurva Verma to appear in court over a contempt petition by a retired DIG in a matter relating to his promotion. C Kannan, who attained superannuation as DIG (Prisons) in 2000, had moved the Court,submitting that his name was wrongly excluded in regulation promotion for 1993-94 and his request for being included in the promotion list was rejected. A single judge dismissed it following which he filed an appeal before a Division Bench. The bench in its November 19 2014 final order, directed Apurva Verma to consider and pass revival order only for the purpose of giving notional promotion in the cadre of Jailor as well as in the category of Additional Superintendent of Prisons and pass orders within a period of three months. The order was also communicated to Varma on January 10 2015.
But it was not complied with and so he filed the contempt petition, he said. The contempt petition came up today before a division bench,comprising Justices K K Sasidharan and M V Muralidharan. After the Additional Advocate General sought more time,the bench noted it had come up for hearing on March March 21 when the Special Government Pleader took time to get instructions. "Even today, the Additional Advocate General sought for time. Hence, issue statutory notice to Apurva Verma IAS, the then Home Secretary," the bench said.
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