GOA: Coming down heavily on the state government for filing the petition as a ‘mere formality’ after a delay of 462 days to claim ownership over a valuable government land in possession of a company, the Supreme Court imposed costs of Rs 15,000 on deputy conservator of forests for ‘wastage of judicial time’.
The suit filed by the company was contested by the deputy conservator and the written statement was filed in 1980. The suit was ultimately decreed by the additional district judge in 2003.
Ultimately, the appeal was dismissed for non-prosecution on September 3, 2014. In 2016, an application was filed before the high court by the government seeking condonation of delay on account of lapse on the part of the lawyer.
However, on February 7, 2019, the high court dismissed the application and held that there is no justifiable reason for condoning the delay. Thereafter, the special leave petition was filed before the Supreme Court.
The court also dismissed the special leave petition filed by the forest department.
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