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NEW DELHI: The price at which the Supreme Court is imposing prices on the federal government for enormous delays in submitting appeals and directing restoration from officers liable for the delay, quickly many officers can be left with a slimmer paycheck on the finish of the month.
Days after imposing a price of Rs 25,000 on the railways and asking it to get better it from officers liable for the delay of 385 days in submitting an attraction within the SC, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy on Thursday saddled the HRD ministry with Rs 1 lakh price for submitting an attraction within the excessive court docket after a delay of two,509 days and carrying it to the SC after a delay of 532 days. It ordered the legislation secretary and the HRD secretary to make sure that the price of Rs 1 lakh was recovered from officers liable for the delay.
“The approach of the Union of India in the manner it has filed the present special leave petition exasperates us as all earlier counsel appears to have been thrown in the dustbin,” the bench stated.
A writ petition was filed in 2000, elevating a query of parity within the pay scale of workers of the Central Tibetan School Administration. A single choose bench of the HC allowed it in May 2002. The Centre filed an attraction however nobody appeared when it was known as for listening to earlier than a division bench, which dismissed it. After eight years, the Centre sought restoration of the attraction saying the counsel had turn out to be a choose and it wasn’t conscious of the “peculiar circumstances”. The HC had dismissed the plea and stated the Centre was not an illiterate litigant.
The bench headed by Justice Kaul agreed with the HC and stated, “The mighty government of India is manned by a large legal department having numerous officers and advocates. The excuse given for the delay is, to say the least, preposterous”.
On the case in hand, the bench dismissed the attraction and ordered, “Looking to the gross negligence and the impunity with which the Union of India has approached this court docket in a matter like this, we think about it applicable to impose particular price of Rs 1 lakh on this case to be recovered from the involved officer(s), to be deposited with the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Welfare Fund inside 4 weeks.

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