NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has taken exception to the practice of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to pass brief orders without giving reasoning and then taking months to deliver a reasoned order.
A bench headed by Justice Indu Malhotra said delay in delivery of judgments amounts to violation of rights of the litigants and the problem gets aggravated when the operative portion is made available early and the reasons follow much later, or are not made available for an indefinite period as done in various cases in NCDRC.
“Undisputedly, the rights of the aggrieved parties are being prejudiced if the reasons are not available to them to avail of the legal remedy of approaching the court where the reasons can be scrutinised. It indeed amounts to defeating the rights of the party aggrieved to challenge the impugned judgment on merits and even the succeeding party is unable to obtain the fruits of success of the litigation,” the bench said.
“Let this order be placed before the President of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to look into the matter, and take necessary steps so that this practice is discontinued, and the reasoned judgment is passed alongwith the operative order. We would like to observe that in all matters where reasons are yet to be delivered, it must be ensured that the same are made available to the litigating parties positively within a period of two months,” it said.