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Facing arrest, TN IAS officer appears in HC, apologises

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

higher Tuesday tendered an unconditional apology in the Madras High Court, a day after it ordered his arrest for failure to appear in a contempt case despite advance notice.

The appeared before Justice N Kirubakaran and filed an affidavit tendering unconditional apology for his failure to be present in the court on Monday.

Recording the affidavit, the impleaded the as a party to the contempt petition enabling it to assist the court on the matter and posted the case to January 25 for further hearing.

Taking a serious view of his failure to appear in the court, Justice Kirubakaran had Monday directed the court registry to issue a bailable warrant against Sharma and ordered the to arrest and produce him before the court by January 9.

"Contempt proceedings are serious proceedings and they cannot be taken lightly, especially, by a higher like the higher education secretary," he had said.

The had also refused to accept an explanation offered by the who said that Sharma was away in Vellore for a syndicate meeting of the based there.

"The court has got every reason to believe that he (the officer) had deliberately avoided appearance," the had said.

He was passing further interim orders on a contempt petition filed by the and Management Colleges in against the Coimbatore-based over setting up of distance education study centres through franchise institutes in areas outside its jurisdiction.

The petitioner sought contempt action, contending that contrary to an undertaking given before the court on December 8, 2017, the syndicate had passed a resolution to admit students from such study centres under the distance education programme for 2018-19.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 22:11 IST