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Govt inadequacy led to payment delay: HC

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted that "inadequacy and financial unworthiness" of the State of Punjab had apparently resulted in a dilly-dally approach regarding non-payment to a firm.

The assertion by Justice Arun Monga came on a petition filed by Landmarks Sign Board Private Limited against the State of Punjab. "I am constrained to observe that the entire dilly-dally qua non-payment of the principal amount seems to have arisen out of inadequacy/financial unworthiness of the respondent state. For which, the petitioner is unnecessarily being embroiled into the administrative rigmarole/red-tape and being made to run from pillar to post, including approaching this Court," Justice Monga asserted.

The petitioner had earlier told the court the company — a registered micro, small medium enterprise — was completely misled into supplying goods to the respondent-State of Punjab owing to the tall claim made while executing a contract dated December 24, 2019. It was told 100 per cent payment would be released within 10 days of issuance of consignee receipt and acceptance certificate and submission of bills. Before parting with the order, Justice Monga directed the filing of a short affidavit by an administrative secretary by September 25 spelling out the schedule of all admitted payments to be made to the petitioner.

"In case short affidavit is not possible due to paucity of time, respondent, Secretary, Department of Finance, Punjab, is directed to personally join the proceedings through video-conferencing," Justice Monga added.



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