Manipur High Court issues show cause to state for non-compliance of directive in Dr Rajo’s case

The matter pertains to issue surrounding the service extension of Dr K Rajo, as the Director, Health Services, Manipur on contract basis.


Manipur High Court (PHOTO: IFP)

A single bench of Justice A Bimol, the High Court of Manipur, issued a show-cause notice to state, including Dr K Rajo, for failing to comply with the directive issued by the court.

The matter pertains to issue surrounding the service extension of Dr K Rajo, as the Director, Health Services, Manipur on contract basis. The petitioner of the case is Dr P Shyamsundar.

The petitioner pleaded the HC for initiating contempt proceeding against the officials for “willful and deliberate disobedience” of the High Court order that directed to appoint him as director of health service, Manipur which is currently held by K Rajo as director of health services, Manipur.

The officials despite having knowledge of the High Court order for considering the direction within two weeks from the date of order failed to comply, said the petitioner.

Subsequently, the High Court issued notice to the respondents on February 16, 2021 to show cause as to why contempt should not be initiated against the respondents. The notice made returnable on February 26, 2021.

On March 26, an additional AG sought three weeks’ time for filing a counter-affidavit on behalf of the respondents. The court granted three weeks to file the counter affidavit and list the matter on March 26, no show cause or counter affidavit has been filed by the respondents thereby ignoring the directions of the Court.

The court considered that the respondents have “wilfully and deliberately disobeyed” the order of the Court.

The High Court also issue notice to the respondents to show cause as to why they should not be punished for their willful and deliberate disobedience of the order of the Court.

On January 21, a single bench of the High Court quashed the extension order of Dr K. Rajo, as medical director on contract basis after his retirement. While passing the judgment the bench directed the state to review the plea of the petitioner, Dr P Shyamsundar, to appoint him as the director of Health Services.

The state, however, filed a petition seeking to review the judgment of the same court only to be dismissed. Thereafter, the state filed another review petition before a division bench of the HC who upholding the earlier judgment passed by the single bench.

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First Published:March 28, 2021, 2:57 p.m.

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