AAI chief challenges contempt of court order

August 19th, 2011 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman V.P. Aggarwal Friday approached the Delhi High Court challenging a single judge’s order convicting him of contempt of court after he failed to comply with its order to issue an appointment letter to a person for the post of manager (electronics).

Summoning Aggarwal to appear in person before the court on Tuesday, a division bench of Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Siddharth Mridul fixed Aug 23 to hear the appeal.

The single judge also fixed Aug 23 to pass an order on sentence against Aggarwal on the contempt plea filed by one Arun Kumar Jain.

On Aug 16, Justice Indermeet Kaur decided Jain’s contempt plea against Aggarwal and said: “V.P. Aggarwal, Chairman of Airports Authority of India is held guilty of contempt of court, he is accordingly convicted under sections 11 and 12 of contempt of court.”

“Not issuing the petitioner (Jain) the appointment letter, the respondent( Aggarwal) is clearly guilty of contempt of court,” the court observed.

“The respondent (Aggarwal) has wilfully and intentionally not complied with the specific mandamus issued to him which amounts to nothing short of interfering in the administration of justice,” the court said earlier.

According to the contempt plea, Jain had applied for the post of Manager (Electronics) in response to an advertisement in December 2007.

Jain claimed that he had appeared for the written examination in December 2009 and his name was also in the list of 87 successful candidates in the general category. He claimed he was not issued an appointment letter as his name appeared at serial number 90 in the list.

Upset with the decision of the management, he approached Delhi High Court which directed the chairman AAI to issue appointment letter to the petitioner while disposing of a writ petition on Aug 31 last year.

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