The High Court of Telangana on Friday convicted three government officials for defying its orders to continue the Mallanna Sagar project works.
The Court sentenced Siddipet RDO-cum-Special-Deputy Collector Jayachandra Reddy, Toguta Tahsildar L Veer Singh and Gajwel Division Superintending Engineer T Venu to three months of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,000 each.
However, the court suspended the sentences for six weeks to enable the convicts to appeal against its verdict.
For the uninitiated, some 70 farm labourers of Vemulaghat village under Toguta mandal of Siddipet district had approached the High Court last year alleging that the officials were executing the works of the Mallanna Sagar project without showing alternative employment to them, which was illegal. Allowing their petition, the High Court passed orders on July 25 of last year directing the government officials not to execute the project works without rehabilitating the displaced persons. The Court also directed the officials to publicize the details of the project in Telugu and seek fresh objections/suggestions from the affected people.
As the officials continued to execute the project works despite the High Court's direction, 17 of the aggrieved persons of Vemulaghat filed a court of contempt petition in the High Court.
Taking serious exception to the officials continuing the project works despite its order and also submitting false information to the court, the judges convicted the three officials, and sentenced them to imprisonment and fine.
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