CM faces contempt, summoned
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 22: In a sensational development, Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench today asked the Chief Minister and two high ranking Government officials to appear before the Court on July 24 at 10.30 am.

The two officers summoned by the Court are Chhibber Raikhan, Principal Secretary Health and Dr Ch Chandramani, Director Health Services.

Justice N Surjamani issued the summon order on a contempt petition filed by one G Athou who has not been appointed in the Health Department despite a number of Court orders to appoint him.

The Chief Minister got involved in the case as he had noted in the file of the petitioner�s case that the matter be put before the Cabinet for discussions, case records said.

Case history said that Sanatombi Kabuini, mother of the petitioner, G Athou (32) of Tamphagi village, died in 1995 while she was serving as a Grade IV employee at RIMS hospital after she was transferred from the State Medical Department.

Following her expiry, Athou applied for appointment to the RIMS Director under the die-in-harness scheme.

However his application was turned downed.

Thereafter Athou approached the Court after which the Court on December 14, 1998 asked RIMS authority to consider the application and to appoint him within 3 months.

However RIMS filed an appealed contending that the appointment should be effected by the State Health Department.

On this the Court on November 17, 1999 ruled that the appointment should be considered and given by the State authority and not RIMS and asked the State Government to complete the appointment formalities within three months time.

As the State Government failed to comply with the Court�s order the petitioner then filed a contempt petition and the case was closed March 18 this year with the assurance from the counsel of the State that the petitioner would be appointed within two months time.

It is learnt that on receipt of the order, the case of the petitioner was processed under the Secretariat of the Health Department.

The file was then shunted to the DP, AG office, health minister and then upto the Secretariat of the chief minister.

After going through all these channels the file was ultimately sent back to the health department by the chief minister with the noting that �the matter be put up in the next meeting for discussions etc�.

The petitioner said that unless the CM�s noting is reviewed, Government officials will not be able to proceed the file further except placing it before the next Cabinet meeting.

No one knows when the next Cabinet meeting be held, the petitioner noted adding that his fate is still uncertain.