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HC orders IAS officer's arrest for failure to appear in contempt case

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Monday ordered the arrest of higher Mangat Ram Sharma, taking a serious view of his failure to appear in the court in a contempt case despite advance notice.

"Contempt proceedings are serious proceedings and they cannot be taken lightly, especially, by a higher like the higher education secretary," Justice N Kriubakaran said in his order.

Directing the court registry to issue a bailable warrant against the IAS official, ordered the to arrest and produce him before the court by January 9.

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 franchises institutes in areas outside its jurisdiction.

had on December 4, 2018 ordered Sharma, (in-charge) B Vanitha and eight other syndicate members to appear in the

When the case came up for hearing, all the officials barring Sharma were present.

The said Sharma was away in Vellore for a Syndicate meeting of the based there.

Refusing to accept the explanation, said: "It is not as if he was asked to appear before this court at short notice."

"On December 5 itself, he was served notice... he should have made arrangements to see to it that he appears before this court," the judge said.

Noting that contempt proceedings were serious in nature, the judge further said, "The court has got every reason to believe that he had deliberately avoided appearance."

Dispensing with further personal appearance of the officials who were present in the court, the judge posted the matter for January 9.

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 outside under the distance education programme for 2018-19.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 20:35 IST