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SC asks CBI to set up mechanism to solve delay in filing appeals

A Bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah was hearing an appeal filed 647 days after the verdict given by High Court.

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New Delhi: Taking a serious view over the delay of filing appeals, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to establish a dedicated technology to monitor the filing of appeals.

A Bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah was hearing an appeal filed 647 days after the verdict given by High Court.

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The bench observed that delays on the part of the probe agency officers in doing so within stipulated time give rise to “grave misgivings” as regards the reasons for the delay.

The top court asked the CBI Director to ensure that steps are taken on the administrative side for timely filings through an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform.

The apex court also stated that the Covid-19 situation cannot be accepted as the reason for the entire period of delay as the HC judgments were passed much before the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year.

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