Court orders DM to spend time in an orphanage for Contempt of Court

Telangana High Court on Wednesday allowed Nalgonda District Collector Prashant Patil to forego six weeks jail in a contempt matter after he agreed to work with orphaned children every weekend.

Hon’ble Justice Hima Kohli and Hon’ble Justice Vijaysen Reddy told the applicant to spend two hours every weekend with children for the next six months.

A rice miller had dragged Patil, who was Warangal joint collector and also P Sandhya Rani. Due to some discrepancies found at the mill, the officials had registered a case against them. Supply to his paddy field was stopped as well.

Aggrieved, the miller approached the Hon’ble High Court, which asked the officials to restart the paddy supply.

However, the two officials were charged for trying to subvert the court order. The single judge proceeded to impose a Rs 2000 penalty on the duo. The Court further ordered that they would be imprisoned for six weeks if they failed to pay the fine.

Last month, the Court asked the applicants if they were willing to do social work instead of jail term, and the duo agreed.

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