Calcutta HC Reprimand CAT for Delay in Affair, Orders to Dispose Matter in 2 Weeks

Khushi Gupta

Published on: June 7, 2022 at 20:11 IST

The Calcutta High Court on Monday came down heavily on the Central Administrative Tribunal for failing to dispose of a matter within a month despite its earlier order, by labelling it to be a ‘sordid state of affairs.’

A Bench comprising Justice Shampa Dutt (Paul) and Justice Harish Tandon stated, “It is the sordid state of affairs that despite all requests having been made to the officers manning the tribunal to dispose of the matter within a month from the date of the communication of this order, no substantial progress could be seen therefrom.”

The Bench noted that the matter was listed time and again but repeated adjournments were granted and that the next date of hearing has been fixed for June 7.

The concerned Counsel apprised the Court that the written notes of arguments have already been filed and the matter is otherwise ready for final disposal.

Accordingly, the Court directed the Tribunal to take up the matter on June 7 and dispose of the same within 2 weeks.

Opining that the time limit set forth is mandatory, the Court further observed, “The time limit set forth hereinabove, is peremptory and mandatory. If necessary, the tribunal shall fix the date on day to day basis in order to adhere to the time fixed by this Court in the impugned order.”

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