HC fines tenant for delay in cross-examining witness

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New Delhi, May 20 (UNI) Delhi High Court has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on a tenant who despite several opppurtunities has not cross examined a witness and was delaying a property related case for the last 10 years.

A case related to property dispute is lingering for the past ten years for evidence from a witness.

A bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhar imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on a tenant, Hindustan Motors, for not getting the cross examination done of a witness.The witness is a senior citizen and wants to depose in the case but the tenant is trying to evade the cross examination making the landlord suffer for the last 10 years.

Case pertains to a landlord/tenant dispute in which the landlord-'7 Seas' terminated the tenancy of the tenant Hindustan Motors in the year 1998.The tenant approached the court and investigation started. Its been 10 years now, the tenant is not willing to cross examine the witness.

The Court observed that,'This kind of practice has never been heard of? When the evidence of a witness has started but the cross examination is pending for the last 10 years".

The bench imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Hindustan Motors yesterday which will be paid to 65 years old R K Bansal(witness) who has been presenting himself before the court at all dates but his evidence is not being recorded.

The bench gave last oppurtunity to Hindustan Motors to cross examine the witness by the next date of hearing ,July 16.


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