The Allahabad High Court sentenced the Additional Chief Secretary Kumar for ‘wilfully and deliberately disobeying’ the Hon’ble Court’s orders concerning the promotion of Assistant Review Officers (AROs) in the State.
Facts- An ARO seniority list was prepared in August 2015 which was in turn rejected by the High Court in September 2017 as well as directing the state government to prepare a fresh seniority list within six months. However, the state government failed to do so, leading to a contempt petition being filed against them. By the contemptuous actions on part of Kumar, the government also on his word, had promoted ten persons based on the 2015 seniority list that had been quashed by the Court. By an order passed in July 2018, Justice Chaudhary concluded that he was liable to be punished for contempt of Court.
Current Standing of the issue- A special leave petition filed against against the order calling out the contemptuous act was eventually dismissed by the Supreme Court in November 2018. The case came up before the Allahabad High Court again, on which date the judge noted that the contemnor had not taken any corrective action even now. The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court remarked and concluded that he deserved to be penalised for contempt of court. Accordingly, he was awarded his sentence along with direction to pay penalty of 25000 by the Court.