When no limitation period prescribed, then Appeal must be filed within reasonable time: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), while dealing with the issue limitation period for filling an appeal, when no such period has been prescribed, has held that, “…where no limitation stands provided either by specific applicability of the Limitation Act or the special statute governing the dispute, the Court must undertake a holistic assessment of the facts and circumstances of the case to examine the possibility of delay causing prejudice to a party.” The SC further held that, the court’s examination must include the facts and circumstances of the case, conduct of the parties, nature of the proceeding, length of delay, possibility of prejudice being caused, and the scheme of the statute in question, while considering the limitation period and condonation of delay application, if any.