Heard learned counsel for the applicant.
The applicant is before this Court for a direction to initiate contempt proceeding against the respondents for disobedience of the order dated 21.11.2017 passed in Matters Under Article 227 No.7652 of 2017 (Shailendra Kumar Dwivedi Alias Madhu v. Shiv). For ready reference, the relevant extract of order dated 21.11.2017 is quoted as under:-
"Considering the above, this petition stands disposed of with the direction upon the Court concerned to expedite the proceeding of pending Original Suit No.673 of 1992 (Shiv vs. Smt. Sita Devi and others) and conclude the same, in accordance with law, as expeditiously as possible and preferably within one year from the date of production of certified copy of this order, without granting unnecessary adjournment to either of the parties, except upon payment of cost."
Learned counsel for the applicant submits that a certified copy of the aforesaid order alongwith other documents was submitted for compliance before the opposite parties but the opposite parties have wilfully not complied with the order and, thus, have committed civil contempt liable for punishment under Section 12 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
Prima facie a case of contempt has been made out. However, considering the facts and circumstances of the case, one more opportunity is afforded to the opposite parties to comply with the aforesaid order of the Court within six months from the date of production of a certified copy of this order.
The applicant shall supply a duly stamped registered envelope addressed to the opposite parties and another self-addressed envelope to the office within one week from today. The office shall send a copy of this order along with the self-addressed envelope of the applicant with a copy of contempt application to the opposite parties within one week thereafter and keep a recorded thereof.
The opposite party shall comply with the directions of the writ court and intimate the applicant the order through the self-addressed envelop within a week thereafter.
With the aforesaid observations, this application is disposed of at this stage with liberty to the applicant to move a fresh application, if the order is not complied with by the opposite parties within the stipulated time as aforementioned.
Order Date :- 13.8.2019 A. Pandey