Asks FC To Appear In Person If Monthly Reports Not Filed Within 2 Weeks
Srinagar, Aug 22 (GNS): Jammu and Kashmir High Court has sought monthly reports action taken as regards samples taken and tested for food adulteration in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, the court directed Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, to appear in persons if its order was not complied with by the authorities within two weeks.
“The monthly report in terms of our order dated 24.02.2020 are not being filed by the respondents. In our order dated 24th of February, 2020, we have observed as under: “The last status report filed before us is dated 23rd September, 2019 which shows a hopeless state of affairs. It states that with regard to samples lifted from 25th July, 2019 to 24th August, 2019 in the Jammu and Kashmir (34 in Jammu and 14 in Kashmir), test reports regarding only three had been received. Almost eight months have passed since the samples were taken and nothing has been placed by the respondents before us,” said a bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Puneet Gupta.
In order to obviate any situation, the court said that it had direct the officials to place monthly reports on record regarding the action being taken with regard to the enforcement of the Food Adulteration Laws in the Jammu & Kashmir.
“In case the respondents do not comply with our orders within two weeks from today regarding filing of reports till date, the Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, J&K Government, shall remain present in the Court on the next date of hearing,” the court said according to GNS and listed the PIL for further consideration October 12.
“The Registry is directed to send a copy of this order to the Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, J&K Government, for compliance,” the court added. (GNS)