Gujarat HC raps state legal department

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Ahmedabad, Apr 18 (UNI) Terming the delay of 115 days in appeal filed by the Gujarat government as ''unconscionable delay'', the Gujarat High Court today said in cases where appeal by the state has to be filed in acquittal cases it should not exceed the statutory 90 days.

The court also pulled up the High Court Public Prosecutor's office and a district prosecutor's office.

Some accused of Dhrangdhara town in Surendranagar district were acquitted in February, 2005, and an appeal was filed in August that year exceeding beyond the stipulated 90 days by the state legal department and public prosecutor's office of Dhrangdhara.

In its 9-page order today, Justice R C Garg said proper steps must be taken by the government's legal department and High Court public prosecutor's office. This sort of delays should not recur.

The Judge ordered a copy of the order to be sent to the Chief Minister, Law Minister, law secretary and Advocate General.


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