Bengaluru, Nov 11 The verdict in the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case was reserved for orders in the first week of June 2016 by the Supreme Court of India. Considering that this is a high profile case, many were waiting with bated breath for the verdict.
The question is when will the verdict be delivered? Is there a stipulated amount of time before which a verdict is to be delivered after it has been reserved. Justice Santhosh Hegde, former judge of the Supreme Court of India says that there is no such rule.
The Bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy had reserved the verdict in June. Both are due to retire in the years 2017 and 2018 respectively. Justice Hegde says that there is no rule written down that an order must be passed in a stridulate period of time.
Everything cannot be controlled by rules. There has to be some amount of responsibility in all cases. Usually it is preferred if verdicts are delivered soon and before the judges retire. If a judge retires without passing an order then the matter has to be re-heard, the former judge of the SC also says.