The Kerala High Court has ordered the arrest of a woman IAS officer in connection with a contempt plea after she did not appear in the court as directed earlier.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Antony Dominic and Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu gave the direction to police after A Shanimol, Managing Director of Kerala Water Authority (KWA), failed to appear before the court.

The bench also directed the police to produce her in the court on November 15. The division bench also rejected a plea by the officer seeking exemption from appearing in person.

The court gave the order while hearing a contempt of the court petition filed by a Chennai-based firm alleging that the officer failed to implement a single bench order directing an increase of the amount of a contract work of the KWA.