Track and Download the Court Orders from website for Timely compliance by Ministries/Departments: The Solicitor General of India writes to Cabinet Secretary to instruct the Ministries/Department to not wait for the communication and track/download the judgement/order from the respective website of Supreme Court of India or different High Court for timely compliance.
Solicitor General of India
27, Law Officers’ Chambers,
Supreme Court of India
3rd March 2017
The very many cases that are listed in Supreme Court or in different High Courts require follow up by the Ministries in terms of orders passed therein. It appears that the Ministries wait for the communication for further action to be taken. The action that is required to be taken mostly is indicated in the orders passed by the Court and the forwarding of the orders does take some time which results in delays in compliance and in meeting timelines indicated by the Court.
It may also be noted that the orders are available on the same day order the next day in the matters on the internet at the website sci.nic.in and on the websites of different High Courts. The same can be downloaded for compliance and necessary action by the concerned Ministries. I, therefore, request you that you may inform all the Ministries that after’the Ministry receives notice from the Court with reference to a matter where they are asked to appear through Counsel which is the Central Agency Section of the Ministry of Law & Justice, the Ministries should also keep track from the website, aforesaid, of the developments in the matters and the orders’ passed therein to avoid delays in action being taken. Further many a time the‘Ministry impleaded through Union of India may not be responsible for the cause of action and they do not therefore take any action instead of forwarding the same to the concerned Ministry.
This would facilitate the work on the one hand and would also lessen the sorry figure that the lawyers on behalf of the Union of India have to cut several times before the Hon’ble Court because of non-compliance within the time prescribed.
Since this is one of the easiest methods to keep track in this age of digitalisation, it would go a long way in helping everyone concerned, especially the Courts. A line in reply from your end would be highly appreciated.
With warm regards,
Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha,
Forwarding letter by Cabinet Secretariat:
Dr. A.R. SIHAG
Secretary to Government of India
NEW DELHI – 110004
DO. No. 403/1/5/2016-CA.V
Dated the 11th May, 2017
The Solicitor General of India through his D:O. letter dated the 3rd March, 2017 (Copy enclosed) has stressed on the need for timely compliance of Court Orders by the concerned Ministries/Departments. He has suggested that this can be more easily done by keeping track of Court Orders through the websites of the Supreme Court and High Courts by the respective Ministries/Departments.
You are requested to please take necessary action in the matter accordingly.
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board’s Order/Instruction on the above:
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
New Delhi, dated, 24.5.2017
The General Manager,
All Zonal Railways.
Sub:Timely compliance of Court Orders by the concerned Ministries/Departments reg.
Shri (Dr.) A.R. Sihag; Secretary to the Government of India, Cabinet Secretariat has vide his D.O. letter dated, 11th May, 2017 (Copy enclosed) addressed to Chairman, Railway Board forwarded the letter dated 3rd March, 2017 of Solicitor General of India wherein he has stressed on the need for timely compliance of Court Orders by the concerned Ministries/Departments. He has suggested that this can be more easily done by keeping track of Court Orders through the websites of the Supreme Court (sci.nic.in) and on the websites of different High Courts by the respective Ministries/Departments.
Accordingly, all Zonal Railways and Branches in Railway Board are requested to take necessary action in the matter.
DA. As above.
Section Officer/Legal Cell
For Legal Adviser/Railways