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The Supreme Court on Saturday authorised the arrest of two high-ranking Uttar Pradesh government officials, against whom the Allahabad High Court had issued bailable warrants for not complying with its orders, Live Law reported.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kholi was hearing the Uttar Pradesh government’s petition challenging the warrants against the finance secretary and the additional chief secretary of the state.

The government officials had denied seniority benefit and regular employment to a “collection amin” from Allahabad in 2017, PTI reported.

On Saturday, the Supreme Court said that it was “distressed and anguished” about the government official’s “reprehensible” approach to the issue.

“Look at your conduct, you are depriving an employee of his arrears,” the court said. “You did nothing to abide by the orders. The High Court has been very kind to you …you have no respect for the court. This Additional Chief Secretary appears to be very arrogant.”

The Allahabad High Court, which had issued bailable warrants on November 25, 2020, against the government officials, said that the “collection amin” was illegally denied regular employment because of the district magistrate’s inaction.

“This [High] Court is astonished and pained with the awful conduct of the respondents in getting the case adjourned by…

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