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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the secretary in the department of personnel and training and the UPSC secretary on a contempt petition filed against them for promoting 149 officers from the rank of deputy secretary level to director, allegedly in violation of SC’s order which had directed the government to maintain status quo in promotion during the pendency of the case pertaining to reservation in promotion.
Agreeing to hear a contempt petition, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Vineet Saran issued notices to the two officials seeking response on the allegation of violation of its order. Advocate Kumar Parimal, appearing for petitioner, brought to the court’s notice its earlier order when it had turned down the government’s plea to allow it to promote the officers during the pendency of the case.
“It’s clear that the contemnors have deliberately, wilfully and dishonestly disobeyed the court’s order. It amounts to civil contempt and the alleged contemnors are required to be punished,” the petition said.