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Paramjit Kaur & Ors v. Krishan Kumar & Ors. - FAO-609-2004  RD-P&H 6321 (31 August 2006)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH
DATE OF DECISION: 10.7.2006
Paramjit Kaur and others
Krishan Kumar and others.
CORAM:- Hon'ble Mr. Justice Uma Nath Singh.
Hon'ble Mr.Justice M.M.S.Bedi.
Present: Mr.V.K.Kataria, Advocate
for the appellants.
Mr.R.S.Kundu, Addl.AG, Haryana
for respondent Nos.2 and 3.
UMA NATH SINGH, J. (ORAL)
Refiling of this appeal is barred by more than 9 years' (3611 days') delay. The only explanation for the said inordinate delay as given by learned counsel for the appellants is that the appellants were not informed about the status of the case by the earlier counsel. Learned counsel also referred to Rule 5(1)( 2) of Chapter 1-A (a) of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Rules and Orders to contend that the rule is only directory in nature. On the other hand, learned State counsel vehemently opposed the application and cited a Division Bench judgment of this Court reported in 1980 PLR 155 (Prithvi Raj versus Smt.Kamal Kanta), contending that in a case where the application for re-filing had been made only after a delay of 3 months, this Court had dismissed the application and, consequently, the appeal.
We have also perused the impugned award. Way back in 1993, a sum of Rs.1,44,000/- was awarded in death case of an agriculturist. The income of the deceased claimed before the Tribunal appears to be Rs.3,000/- per month. It is now 13 years since the impugned award was rendered and considering the inflation rate, the value of the compensation amount of Rs.1.44,000/- would multiply astronomically today.
Thus, we are not inclined to accept the application for condonation of delay in refiling the appeal, which is, hereby, dismissed. Consequently, this FAO No.609 of 2004 is dismissed on the ground of delay itself.
( UMA NATH SINGH )
July 10, 2006 ( M.M.S.BEDI )
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