HC annoyed over delay in listing case
Times of India, 05 December 2020
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Friday expressed extreme displeasure with its own officials for their failure to list a matter for hearing for the past 23 years, despite an order by the then chief justice. This was a habeas corpus petition moved by one Kanchan Tanti after the state allegedly failed to hand over his newborn nephew to his sister (the child’s mother).
On December 22, 1997, a bench headed by the then CJ had directed the state DGP to register a case in this matter and hand it over for investigation. The high court registry was also directed to list the matter. That didn’t happen and when the matter did appear on Friday, the bench of Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee expressed their displeasure.
“We are in a judicial system. We cannot afford stacking of files without the same being listed despite judicial orders. When matters are not listed by the office of the HC despite judicial orders, it may, at least in certain situations, be appropriate that the courts should consider initiating action for misconduct against the officers concerned,” the bench observed.