Allahabad HC Issues Non-Bailable Warrant Against Noida CEO Ritu Maheshwari, Orders Police To Arrest And Produce Her
Prayagraj, May 6 (TNA) The Allahabad High Court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Noida's chief executive officer (CEO) Ritu Maheshwari in a contempt case. The court has entrusted the responsibility of compliance with the order to the CJM of Noida and said that on May 13, the police should arrest Ritu Maheshwari and present her before the court. The court of Justice Saral Srivastava gave this order.
The Noida Development Authority did not comply with the court orders, despite losing a case in the Supreme Court in a land acquisition case. Against which a contempt petition was filed on behalf of the farmer. On this, the Allahabad High Court had ordered Ritu Maheshwari to appear in the court herself. When the matter was heard on Thursday, the CEO did not appear. Taking a grim view of this, the court has issued a non-bailable warrant against the CEO.
The High Court said that this is a sufficient ground to issue a non-bailable warrant against Ritu Maheshwari, the CEO of Noida. The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar will get this done. A copy of this order should be made available to the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar within 48 hours. The next hearing of the case will be on 13 May 2022. On that day, Noida Chief Executive Officer Ritu Maheshwari will be produced before the court in police custody.
The court said that she should have appeared at 10:00 am. This comes within the scope of contempt of court. Will the court work according to their convenience? An officer of the level of Chief Executive Officer of an institution wants to be heard in the case according to her will. The court has also made several strong remarks in its order.
In Sector-82 of Noida, the authority had acquired land on 30 November 1989 and 16 June 1990 under the 'urgency clause'. Which was challenged by the owner of the land, Manorama Kuchhal. The Allahabad High Court had given its verdict on 19 December 2016 on Manorama's petitions filed in the year 1990.
The High Court had quashed the land acquisition made under the 'urgency clause'. Manorama was ordered to pay compensation at double the circle rate under the new Land Acquisition Act. Apart from this, estimating the cost of 5-5 lakh rupees on each petition, an order was given to the authority to compensate.
The Noida Authority had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against this order of the Allahabad High Court. The authority lost the case in the Supreme Court as well. Despite this, the old order of the Allahabad High Court was not followed. After this Manorama Kuchhal filed a contempt petition against the Noida Authority. Hearing this contempt petition, the court passed orders on 27 April 2022. After this, the matter was fixed for hearing first on Wednesday and then on Thursday.
Noida Authority's lawyer Ravindra Srivastava told the court during the hearing on Thursday that Ritu Maheshwari is coming by flight. Her flight will take off from Delhi at 10:30.