Jabalpur High Court acts on complaint of Justice Jha Commission on non-provision of funds by MP Govt

A Division Bench of Justice Shri K K Lahoti and Justice Shri Ajit Singh, issued notices to the Principal Secretary, General Administration Department and Principal Secretary, Department of Finance of the Government of Madhya Pradesh to show cause and reply to a letter from Justice S S Jha Commission of Inquiry regarding the lack of adequate funds and support being provided to the Commission to carry out its investigative work into the massive corruption of hundreds of crores in the rehabilitation of the Sardar Sarovar project affected families. Read more

The Court had issued this direction, acting on a complaint made by the Commission to the Hon’ble Court, through a letter dated 18th May, 2010 addressed to the Registrar of the High Court. The Commission had leveled a specific allegation against the Madhya Pradesh Government that adequate
budgetary allocations are not being made to the Commission and also that the allotment was not being made in the manner prescribed by the Hon'ble High Court, i.e. routing through the Court’s Registrar.

Taking cognizance of the seriousness of the issues and the history of lack of compliance of its orders, the Court directed the Principal Secretary, General Administration Department and Principal Secretary, Department of Finance, GoMP to file it reply as well as comply with all its previous orders in this regard by 24th June and file its affidavit on or before 25th June, 2010, failing which the Court will have to initiate strict action against the State Government.
NBA welcomes the Court’s position and directive, in a context when the state government has repeatedly disregarded the Court’s orders with regard to providing necessary funds, staff and infrastructure to the Commission. The timing of this order is also crucial since the work of the Jha Commission is at a critical stage of evidence-recoding in the cases of hundreds of fake land
registries which proves how the whole process of rehabilitation has derailed, being marred with corruption and irregularities, thereby justifying a speedy, effective and independent investigation by the Commission.