SC raps Centre for red tapism, bureaucratic delays
New Delhi: The union government was on Friday
rapped by the Supreme Court for its bureaucratic delays and
red-tapism even in challenging lower courts` adverse orders
Dismissing an appeal by the Department of Posts, a bench
of justices P Sathasivam and J Chelameshwar asserted that it
would not brook any such delays as the government departments
have obligation to discharge their duties with diligence and
"The government departments are under a special obligation
to ensure that they perform their duties with diligence and
commitment. Condoning delay is an exception and should not be
used as an anticipated benefit for government departments. The
law shelters everyone under the same light and should not be
swirled for the benefit of a few," it said.
"In our view, it is the right time to inform all the
government bodies, their agencies and instrumentalities that
unless they have reasonable and acceptable explanation for the
delay and there was bona fide effort, there is no need to
accept the usual explanation that the file was kept pending
for several months / years due to considerable degree of
procedural red-tape in the process," it added.
The apex court passed the ruling refusing to entertain an
appeal by the Department of Post, challenging a 2009 judgement
of the Delhi High Court which had upheld the appeal of a media
house, the Living Media India Ltd, challenging the postal
authorities refusal to give concessional tariff for postage of
its two magazines "Readers Digest" and "India Today".
The apex court was irked that the department chose to
filed the special leave petition 427 days after the judgement
was passed against it by the Delhi High Court on September 11,
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