Supreme Court rejects the plea challenging the Telangana government’s decision to pay dues of over Rs 80 lakh to the fire department in six instalments.
The Supreme Court rejected the petition made by the Telangana administration to allow the society, supervised by the TRS leader and Finance Minister of Telangana, Etela Rajender to pay the dues of over Rs 80 lakhs to the fire department in six installments.
Chief Justice J S Khehar said that at least the public money is being paid back the court cannot interfere if the administration is permitting some relaxation and allowing the society(trust) to pay the amount in installments.
The bench also contains Justice D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul, but the efforts made by the Hyderabad-based lawyer Khaja Aijazuddin who had initially filled the Public interest litigation(PIL) in the High Court at Hyderabad against the society, in which the TRS leader Etela Rajender is the president of the trust.
“You have done a very good job. You have got the public money recovered. Now the money is coming back,” it said.
The society holds All India Industrial Exhibition from January 1 to February 15 every year in Hyderabad, which hires the state fire department to provide the services during the exhibition to deal with any eventuality.
The Hyderabad attorney alleged that the society owed Rs 80.14 lakh for the exhibitions that are held during 2011-2015.
The administration failed to initiate the recovery of the dues and the lawyer filed the litigation in the high court and in the proceedings, it was approved that the society owed the money to the state administration.
On November 22, 2016, the high court asked the society to clear the dues and sought an action to take the report from the state administration.
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Later, in pursuance of the High Court direction, the state administration issued a memo to the society.
However, the government approved the society to pay dues of Rs 80.14 lakh in six installments. The high court then disposed of the PIL and then the appeal was filed in the Supreme court against the acceptance of the liberty to the society to pay the dues in the installments.