Supreme Court held that in state matters applications cannot be condoned merely on the ground that bar of limitation will cause injury to the public interest

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In state matters applications cannot be condoned merely on the ground that bar  of  limitation  will  cause injury to the public interest: In the case of Maniben Devraj Shah vs. Mun.Corp.of Br.Mumbai, the Supreme Court has held that even though a liberal and  justice oriented approach is required to be adopted in the exercise of  power  under Section 5 of the Limitation Act and other similar statutes, the  Courts can neither become oblivious of  the  fact  that  the  successful  litigant  has acquired certain rights on the basis of the judgment under challenge  and  a lot of time is consumed at various  stages  of  litigation  apart  from  the cost.  What colour the expression ‘sufficient cause’ would get in the factual matrix of a given case would largely depend on bona fide nature of the explanation. In  cases involving the State and its agencies/instrumentalities, the Court  can  take note of the fact that sufficient  time  is  taken  in  the  decision  making process but no premium can be given for total lethargy or  utter  negligence on the part  of  the  officers  of  the  State  and  /  or  its  agencies  /instrumentalities and the applications filed  by  them  for  condo nation  of delay cannot be allowed as a matter of course by  accepting  the  plea  that dismissal of the matter on the  ground  of  bar  of  limitation  will  cause injury to the public interest.

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