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Andhra HC suspends sentence imposed on 5 IAS officers

By IndianMandarins- 24 Sep 2021
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New Delhi (24.09.2021): The Andhra Pradesh High Court suspended the sentence imposed on five IAS officers in a contempt case. The HC had held these officers guilty of non-implementation of its orders in paying compensation to a woman from Nellore district, who had moved a contempt petition against officials for not paying compensation to her in lieu of land taken under land acquisition.

The HC pronounced Manmohan Singh (Rtd IAS:1985:AP) (then principal secretary of revenue), SS Rawat (IAS:1992:AP) (principal secretary of finance), MV Seshagiri Babu (IAS:2006:AP), Revu Mutyala Raju (IAS:2006:AP) and KNV Chakradhar, who were collectors of Nellore district, guilty under Contempt of Court Act. While Singh, Rawat and Raju were sentenced to jail terms along with a fine, Chakrabhar and Babu were only fined. As the court suspended the sentence for four weeks to go for appeal, the officials moved petitions pleading to set aside the single judge order. The single-judge bench held officials guilty for the delay that took place in complying with the order.

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