While imposing the cost, the apex court also rapped state governments for taking its directions 'very lightly' and filing affidavits as per their convenience
The Supreme Court on Monday imposed an exemplary cost of Rs5 lakh on Maharashtra government for delay in filing its affidavit relating to compliance of the apex court's directions on police reforms and constituting State Security Commission(SSC).
A bench comprising justices GS Singhvi, Ranjana Prakash Desai and Sharad Arvind Bobde said, "Maharashtra government filed the affidavit on Monday and its counsel has given different explanation and submission for delay in filing the affidavit and non-compliance of its directions by bureaucrats. For this delay in filing affidavit, we are imposing a cost of Rs5 lakh".
The apex court also said some of the state governments are taking its directions 'very lightly' and it has now become a habit for them to file affidavits late.
It said there was a direction for Chief Secretaries of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa to file affidavits by 3rd May in this matter.
The Supreme Court also made it clear that it was not for state governments to extend the time of filing affidavits suo motu.
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