LUCKNOW, April 16 -- The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Monday extended till May 13 its interim direction staying the order of single judge by which senior IAS Mahesh Kumar Gupta was sentenced in a contempt case.

On March 26, the single judge bench had sentenced Mahesh Kumar Gupta, principal secretary (now additional chief secretary ), secretariat administration, UP with a fine of Rs.25,000 to in a contempt case. Gupta filed the contempt appeal against single judge order before a division bench of the court.

A division bench of justices Ajai Lamba and Chandra Dhari Singh on Monday passed the order on Gupta's contempt appeal. On April 5, the division bench had passed an interim direction staying the operation of the order of ...