(L-R) Justices Ajay Rastogi, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Aniruddha Bose
(L-R) Justices Ajay Rastogi, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Aniruddha Bose
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"State of Andhra Pradesh does it again!" SC expresses displeasure over delayed plea "only to obtain a certificate of dismissal"

"These are matters brought before the Court only to obtain a certificate of dismissal to put a quietus to the matter. We strongly deprecate the same", the Bench said.

Meera Emmanuel

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed disapproval over a Special Leave Petition being moved by the State of Andhra Pradesh after a delay of 455 days, opining that such a route is being taken only to "obtain a certificate of dismissal" (State of Andhra Pradesh v. M Srinivasa Rao).

The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Ajay Rastogi and Aniruddha Bose made its displeasure known in no uncertain terms right at the outset of the brief order of dismissal.

"State of Andhra Pradesh does it again! The incorrigible inefficiency in filing appeal is apparent from page 78 where the present special leave petition has been filed after a delay of 455 days."
Supreme Court

The Court proceeded to cite the case of Post Master General & Ors. v. Living Media India Ltd. & Anr. to comment that "there are no more acceptable excuses" to explain the delay in the matter.

As such, the Bench took critical note that the matter was brought at a delayed stage, only with an aim to put an end to the case. The Apex Court cautioned against such practices, remarking,

"These are matters brought before the Court only to obtain a certificate of dismissal to put a quietus to the matter. We strongly deprecate the same."
Supreme Court

Read the order:

State of Andhra Pradesh v. M Srinivasa Rao.pdf
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