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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has determined to penalise officers who sit over recordsdata and trigger huge delays in submitting of appeals, in some instances a lot after expiry of the interval of limitation, which slows down an already snail-paced justice supply system burdened with monstrous pendency.
At the receiving finish of a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy was the railways, which was saddled with a value of Rs 25,000 for submitting an attraction after a delay of 385 days. What would fear officers is the bench’s route to recuperate it from officers liable for the delay. “The amount shall be recovered from the officers responsible for the delay in filing the special leave petition and a certificate of recovery of the said amount be also filed in this court within four weeks,” the bench ordered. “A copy of this order be placed before the chair man, railway board, gover nment of India, cautioning that any non-adherence with the aforesaid order within the timeline would result in appropriate proceedings being initiated against the chairman himself,” it added.
The Justice Kaul-led bench has just about declared warfare in opposition to the torpid and informal method of presidency businesses in submitting appeals after lengthy delays to make sure that no accountability fell on officers entrusted with the duty of deciding whether or not or not appeals ought to be filed. “We have additionally categorised such instances as ‘certificate cases’ filed with the one object to acquire a quietus from SC on the bottom that nothing may very well be performed as a result of the very best court docket has dismissed the attraction. The intention is to finish a mere formality and save the pores and skin of officers who could also be in default in following the due course of or could have performed it intentionally. We refuse to grant such certificates and if the federal government/public authorities endure losses, it’s time when officers involved bear the implications,” it mentioned. The same course of was initiated in opposition to the UP authorities and NCB. What shocked the bench was an attraction filed by the UP authorities after a delay of eight years to problem the Allahabad HC’s choice acquitting an accused in a grotesque homicide case, wherein he was awarded dying penalty.


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