Supreme Court Scraps Warrant Against Noida CEO For Reaching Court Late

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Yesterday, jurist of India NV Ramana had refused to grant a remain the non-bailable warrant against Ritu Maheshwari

The Supreme Court has stayed a non-bailable warrant issued by the Allahabad judicature against Noida CEO Ritu Maheshwari for contempt of court and listed the matter for hearing tomorrow.

The Allahabad judicature on May 5 told the police to arrest her and produce her to court for the subsequent hearing on May 13, after she did not reach the court on time in a very contempt case.

Yesterday, justice of India NV Ramana had refused to grant a be the non-bailable warrant against Ms Maheshwari, who is additionally an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. The justice had yesterday said he would really like to work out Ms Maheshwari's petition properly before deciding whether he should list it the least bit, and had criticised the Noida CEO over "not respecting court orders".

"As an IAS officer, she knows the principles and laws. If you are doing not respect the court orders, then you want to face the music. on a daily basis we see this is often happening, especially in Allahabad judicature. One or the opposite officer is coming before us seeking relief against the tribunal spending some order against them for defiance of court," the jurist had said.

Today, the Noida CEO's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi sought a continue the tribunal order and an urgent hearing on the problem. "She is that the Noida CEO and an IAS officer. She reached Allahabad judicature just half-an-hour late and therefore the state supreme court issued a non-bailable warrant against her," Mr Rohatgi said.

The justice then stayed the high court's order.

The Allahabad court case is linked to a matter about land acquisition where the court had quashed the Noida authority's land acquisition orders and ordered it to pay compensation to the petitioner. But despite the orders, the Noida authority failed to pay the compensation, which led to contempt proceedings and also the Noida CEO being summoned by the court.

On Thursday, the Allahabad court had strongly objected to Ms Maheshwari failing to seem before the court on time despite several notices. She was expected to seem in court at 10 am but her lawyer told the court that she was taking a flight from Delhi at 10:30 am.

The state supreme court in its order said, "She was alleged to be here at 10 am. Therefore, the court cannot countenance the conduct of the CEO, Noida, in retreating after the functioning of the court starts and expecting the court to attend for her and take up the matter after she reaches the court. This conduct of the CEO is reprehensible and amounts to contempt of court, in the maximum amount as she has been summoned by the court during a contempt proceeding for non-compliance with an order elapsed writ court."

"She was expected to be present in court when the functioning of the court starts at 10 am, rather she chose to require a flight at 10:30 am from Delhi deliberately with the expectation that the court will take up the matter as per her convenience," the supreme court said.