Lack of cogent reasons to justify delay, cavalier attitude towards timelines strikes off right to file Written Statement: Supreme Court
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Lack of cogent reasons to justify delay, cavalier attitude towards timelines strikes off right to file Written Statement: Supreme Court

Sanya Talwar

The Supreme Court on Monday emphasised that failure to give cogent reasons for delay and non-adherence of prescribed timelines will strike off the right to file the Written Statement in terms of Order VIII Rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Code (CPC).

While passing a judgment to this effect, the Bench of CJI SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant observed,

Routine condonations and cavalier attitudes towards the process of law affects the administration of justice. It affects docket management of Courts and causes avoidable delays, cost escalations and chaos.
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Lack of cogent reasons to justify delay, cavalier attitude towards timelines strikes off right to file Written Statement: Supreme Court

"The effect of this is borne not only by the litigants, but also commerce in the country and the public­ in ­general who spend decades mired in technical processes", the Bench added.

Issue(s) involved in the case

The central issue was whether the timeline of 90 days for filing written statement under Order VIII Rule 1 of the CPC was merely procedural and directory for non-commercial suits?

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