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R.K. MONY, SUNIL NIVAS v. AROOR GRAMA PANCHAYATH - WP(C) No. 3440 of 2007(H)  RD-KL 10911 (21 June 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMWP(C) No. 3440 of 2007(H)
1. R.K. MONY, SUNIL NIVAS,
1. AROOR GRAMA PANCHAYATH,
For Petitioner :SRI.LIJU. M.P
For Respondent :SRI.PHILIP T.VARGHESE
The Hon'ble MR. Justice M.N.KRISHNAN
O R D E R
M.N.KRISHNAN, J.WP(C)No. 3440 OF 2007 H
Dated this the 21st June, 2007.
This writ petition is filed seeking to quash Ext.P7 order. A suit was decreed ex parte against the defendant and he filed an application for setting aside the ex parte decree which was dismissed by the court below and against that the writ petitioner filed a C.M.A with a petition to condone the delay of ten days. The learned Subordinate Judge found that there are no reasons to condone the delay of 10 days and dismissed the application and as a consequential order dismissed the C.M.A. It is against that the present writ petition is filed. Now the petitioner has filed an application to amend the writ petition for setting aside the order in the C.M.A as well.
2. Heard both sides. The delay that had occurred in filing the C.M.A is just 10 days. It is a settled principle that broad principles of natural justice demand opportunity to be given to the parties to be heard on merits. There is no gross negligence. The learned Subordinate Judge should have used her discretion to enable the party to put forward their case on merits instead of dismissing the application for condonation of delay of hardly ten days. Interest of justice requires interference WPC 3440/07 2 and therefore the order under challenge i.e., both the condonation application as well as the C.M.A are set aside, delay is condoned. The learned Subordinate Judge is directed to restore the C.M.A. to file and dispose of the matter in accordance with law, within a time frame of four months from today. Writ petition is disposed of accordingly. M.N.KRISHNAN Judge jj
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