KCCI Row: High Court issues notice on contempt plea

KCCI Row: High Court issues notice on contempt plea
GK File Photo of J&K High Court SrinagarPhoto: Mubashir Khan

Srinagar, June 3: The High Court Thursday issued a notice on a contempt petition against the erstwhile office bearers of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) for their alleged “intentional” non-compliance to the court’s previous orders.

In its contempt plea the aggrieved party had stated that the High Court orders were violated as only two members were to work as “the caretakers” for making payments to employees and other monthly expenditure like electricity and rentals.

“In view of the clear-cut mandate to the affairs of the chamber having been entrusted by the court to a six-member election committee along with two-member caretakers, the continuous projecting on part of the contemptors as being the office bearers is not only illegal but contemptuous towards the orders passed by the court,” the petitioner said.

In their plea, the petitioners submitted that the various press statements as well as communications issued from time-to-time to the government by the “contemptors” indicate that one of them was acting as the president of the KCCI, which was against the directions of the court.

The petitioners further submitted that they made a detailed representation on April 20 to the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar.

The representation was made by the Chairman of the Election Committee of KCCI informing him that despite the orders of the High Court, the continuous projecting on part of the some erstwhile office bearers being “incumbent office bearers” was not only contemptuous but also had a tendency of misleading the general public and the members of the chamber of commerce as well.

“The contemptors by violating the orders of the High Court with impunity are misleading the members of the organisation for their vested interests besides also committing an offence of the contempt of court,” the representation said.

After hearing the petitioners, the court issued a notice and listed the case for further consideration on June 30

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