The Chief Justice asked whether the officials were placing fudged financial figures and hiding the truth from the bench.
The Telangana High Court on Thursday lashed out at Chief Secretary SK Joshi and other senior officials of the government over the issue of dues payable to the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC).
The HC also pulled up Principal Secretary (Finance) K Ramakrishna Rao, TSRTC in-charge Managing Director Sunil Sharma, and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar. A division bench led by Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan felt that the affidavits filed by the Finance Department were contradictory.
The court also pointed out that making erroneous claims deliberately would attract contempt of court.
The affidavit given was about dues payable by Government to the TSRTC. The court took explanations from the top bureaucrats on the issue while going through the affidavits.
The bench also said that such actions would raise doubts on the credibility of officials. Last week, while hearing the case, the court pointed to a committee report by the government which said that most of the main demands of the striking RTC employees, could be solved if the state government sanctioned 47 crore.
The court said that while the state was taking up projects worth thousands of crores of rupees, it could not spare Rs 47 crore for the lives of around 50,000 RTC employees.