Legal cases: Govt asks depts to be cautious

The government has advised all its departments to follow set procedures to avoiding delay and adverse court orders while dealing with legal cases.

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2011, 16:54 PM IST

New Delhi: The government has advised all
its departments to follow set procedures to avoiding delay and
adverse court orders while dealing with legal cases.

In an advisory, the Department of Personnel and Training
set eight mandatory requirements including the stand taken
by departments concerned before court and opinion of the
government counsel before referring files to it.

Citing its earlier office memorandum, the DoPT said that
"files relating to court cases are referred to this Department
at the last moment leaving very little time for processing of
the case. Most of the time, issues on which this department`s
advice is sought is not indicated clearly which add to further
delays".

The government noted that its norms for dealing personnel
matters including annual confidential report were not being
followed in "true spirit" and resulting in procedural delays.

It said the proposals received after December 31, 2011
which do not follow the procedure "would not get adequate time
for proper examination and the concerned Ministry/Department
will be held responsible for delays resulting in adverse court
orders".

PTI