Supreme Court Asks Madhya Pradesh Government to Revamp its Legal Department, Imposed 35K Cost for Filing Delay.

    The State of Madhya Pradesh continues to try do an equivalent thing again and again and therefore the conduct seems to be incorrigible!, the Supreme Court remarked while dismissing a special leave petition filed by the state with a delay of 588 days.


    Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul led bench directed the Chief Secretary of the State of Madhya Pradesh to see into the aspect of revamping the legal Department. It appears that the Department is unable to file appeals within any reasonable period of your time much less within limitation, the court said.


    The court observed thus after it noted that the Law Department took about 17 months’ time to make a decision whether the SLP had to be filed or not.

     It said:
    “What greater certificate of incompetence would there be for the legal Department! We consider it appropriate to direct the Chief Secretary of the State of Madhya Pradesh to seem into the aspect of revamping the legal Department because it appears that the Department is unable to file appeals within any reasonable period of your time much less within limitation. These sorts of excuses, as already recorded within the aforesaid order, are not any more admissible in sight of the judgment in Office of the Chief Post Master General & Ors. v. Living Media India Ltd. & Anr. – (2012) 3 SCC 563.”


    The court imposed Rs. 35,000 costs on the State and also cautioned the Deputy Advocate General that for any successive matters of this type the value will keep it up rising . the quantity be recovered from the officer(s) liable for the delay in filing and sitting on the files and certificate of recovery of the said amount be also filed during this Court within the said period of your time , the court added.


    “We have also expressed our concern that these sorts of the cases are only “certificate cases” to get a certificate of dismissal from the Supreme Court to place a quietus to the difficulty . the thing is to save lots of the skin of officers who could also be in default. we’ve also recorded the irony of things where no action is taken against the officers who sit on these files and do nothing.”, the bench , also comprising Justice Hrishikesh Roy added.


    Recently, while dismissing a Special Leave Petition filed by the State of Madhya Pradesh with a delay of 663 days, the Supreme Court had passed an in depth order criticizing the govt authorities of filing delayed SLPs.