Contempt of court case: Telangana HC directs IAS officer to serve iftar food

Hyderabad: Telangana high court on Friday directed an IAS officer to do social work to avoid penalty imposed in contempt of court case. He has been asked to serve iftar food to at least 20 persons per day for one week at any mosque.

According to a report published in the Times of India, earlier, a single bench had imposed a penalty on the officer, Syed Yasin Qureshi, excise deputy commissioner for not following the court order. He had not released a jaggery lorry on time despite the court’s order.

Later, the officer filed a contempt appeal. The state’s additional advocate general J Ramachandra Rao who was representing him informed the court that the officer has no previous contempt record.

After hearing the appeal, a bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy decided to drop the penalty provided the officer has to serve Iftar food to at least 10 persons for one week at a mosque.

It may be recalled that earlier in a contempt case, the court had asked Nalgonda collector Prashanth J. Patil to do social service at orphanage for two hours on weekends for six months as a punishment for contempt of court.

Retired district supply officer Sandhya Rani was also directed to arrange food for inmates of any of the orphanages located within a radius of 10 km from his residence on the occasion of Ugadi and Sriramanavami.