In a jolt to the three senior bureaucrats who failed to implement the court’s interim order to not dispossess farmers of their land for constructing the Komaravelli Mallanna Sagar reservoir under Kaleshwaram project, the state High Court on Tuesday imposed simple imprisonment ranging from three to four months.
The court pulled up Siddipet collector P. Venkatrami Reddy, IAS officer Krishna Bhaskar who served as Siddipet collector for eight months and erstwhile revenue divisional officer of Siddipet Jayachandra Reddy for wilfully disobeying court’s orders.
Justice M.S. Ramachandra Rao who heard the case also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each and directed that costs of Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively be paid to the petitioners within four weeks.
Further, the court instructed the officials to initiate fresh proceedings and pay the petitioners compensation, relief and rehabilitation benefits within four months. The court also set aside the award passed by the government to the petitioners’ land, as it has lapsed after two years.