Delhi Development Authority vs M/S Engineering & Industrial … on 31 January, 2017

1. ‘It appears that cases are coming up before this Court, and
probably before the High Courts also, where appeals or writ
petitions are filed after inordinate delay and an explanation is
sought to be given in the application for condonation of delay
in such cases filed by the government or the State Authorities
that the file was moved from one desk to another or the
approval was sought from the higher authority which took
considerable time. We feel that the beneficiary of the judgment
may be hand in glove with the officials in the Government
Department who deal with the files, and files are suppressed for
a long period, and then the appeal before the High Court or
Supreme Court is filed after a long delay to get the appeal
dismissed on the ground of delay. Huge amounts of public
money or public property may be involved and the Government

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will be the loser on the technical point of limitation in such
cases. This racket has been going on for a long time not only
before the Supreme Court but also before the High Courts. Now
the time has come that this racket should come to an end and
the officials responsible for this be given severe punishment.’
[State of Jharkhand & Ors. vs. Krishna Pradhan & Ors. (2020) 13 SCC 327]

Source: Indian Kanoon

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