The Supreme Court has directed the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to expeditiously pronounce judgment in a case which it had 'reserved for judgment' on 24 October 2019.
The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and KM Joseph, directed thus while disposing of a Miscellaneous Application filed by a party to this case before NCDRC.
He contended before the bench that the judgment in the EA filed by him, has not been pronounced despite the principles enunciated in Anil Rai vs State of Bihar (2001) 7 SCC 318. He submitted that he has filed an application on 23 June 2020 for pronouncement of the judgment since the Member who heard the EA is due to retire on 31 August 2020. Taking note of this the bench ordered:
"We direct that the application which has been filed by the applicant on 23 June 2020 be placed by the Registry of the NCDRC within a period of one week from today before the concerned Bench. Necessary steps shall be taken for the pronouncement of the judgment expeditiously."
SC Expressed Concern About Cases Remaining As 'Reserved For Judgment' in 2001 Judgment
In Anil Rai, the Supreme Court had expressed concerns about the delay in pronouncing judgments and the trend of many cases remaining as judgment reserved" for long periods. The court then issued the following guidelines to address this issue:
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