HC’s contempt notice to CM Sheila Dikshit, DJB CEO


NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has sought stands of the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit and DJB chairperson and CEO on a plea for launch of contempt of court proceedings against them for their alleged failure in framing rules on installation of water meters and fixing the fee for it.

Besides the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) chairperson and its chief executive officer (CEO), Mr Justice Vipin Sanghi also issued show cause notices to DJB Member (Finance) and Member (Water), seeking their replies by November 9 to the contempt plea, made by an association of water meter manufacturers.
According to the association, the single bench on January 25 had directed DJB to frame rules relating to installation fee and rent to be paid for use, maintenance and testing of water meters but no rules have been framed so far. "Initiate contempt proceedings against contemnors for deliberate and intentional breach of the judgement dated January 25 and punish them in accordance with the provisions of the Contempt of Courts Act," the petitioners said.
Earlier, the single judge had asked the DJB to place before it the rules and regulations and in case the DJB hasn't made the rules, to frame the same in eight weeks and inform the court.
The water meter manufacturers had said in its plea that the consumers were allowed earlier by the court to purchase water meters from the open market was but the DJB had no comprehensive guidelines relating to the usage and installation of the same.
"On a PIL by the RWA of Rajender Nagar, the division bench had allowed consumers to purchase water meters for installation from the open market and had asked the DJB to frame comprehensive guidelines relating to the usage and installation fee…." the meter manufactures said and sought DJB to clarify the rules for installation, usage and maintenance charges to be levied by it on customers.


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