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SC seeks Centre’s reply on quota for disabled

Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to reply within four weeks to a fresh plea of an NGO seeking initiation of contempt proceedings for not complying with an earlier order of providing three per cent quota in jobs to persons with disabilities.

“The alleged contemnor (Secretary of the Department of Personal and Training (DoPT)) is directed to file response within four weeks. List it February 16,” a bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and Arun Mishra said. Senior advocate S K Rungta, appearing in person for his NGO National Federation of the Blind, said Sanjay Kothari, Secretary of DoPT, has committed contempt by not amending the Centre’s office memorandum (OM) as per the earlier direction of the apex court in this regard.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for DoPT, opposed the plea saying, “there is no contempt and I can show it from records right now. In any case, it will file the reply.”  The court then fixed the contempt plea for hearing on February 16. Earlier, the court, while issuing notice to the Centre, had exempted the DoPT Secretary from personal appearance “for the present”.
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