The Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh High Court imposed a penalty of ₹1000 on the Central government for not filing a status report within the time limit.
The division bench of the Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Wasim Sadiq Nargal noted that in pursuance of the order, Mr. M. A. Chashoo, AAG, appearing for the Union Territory was directed to file a status report within a further period of one month but even then the report is yet to be filed.
F. A. Bhat, AAG, appearing for the first time in place of M. A. Chashoo, AAG, prayed that he may be allowed some additional time to file a status report, if not already filed.
The bench held that it is not inclined to keep granting time for doing a particular thing when the time fixed for the purpose has already expired.
“The change of counsel is no ground for granting time to the respondents to file the status report as directed” the court added.
The court permitted F. A. Bhat, AAG, to file the status report within a period of one month subject to costs of Rs.1000/- which shall be deposited with the Registry within a week.
Case title: Central Auqaf Committee Tarzoo v/s Union of India and others.
Citation: WP(C) PIL No.8/2020