Supreme Court Requests Patna HC to Complete Muzaffarpur Club Litigation Within Six Months After It Has Been Pending for 41 Years

The Supreme Court has ordered the Patna High Court to reach a resolution in the long-running Muzaffarpur Club case within six months. For the last 41 years, the Muzaffarpur Club Association and the families of the late Birendra Kumar Singh and Usha Sinha have been embroiled in a court battle.

A Special Leave Petition (SLP) for the modification of the Patna High Court ruling dated February 26, 2024 was filed by the family of former Union Minister Usha Sinha and her sons. The orders were issued by a division bench of the Apex Court, presided over by Justices Bela Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal.

In February of this year, the Patna High Court issued orders stopping the execution procedures that were ongoing before the lower court. The Muzaffarpur Club Association was also directed to pay a monthly compensation fee of Rs 1 lakh.

Given Ms. Sinha’s advanced age, the court declined to interfere with the interim orders made by the Patna High Court on the amount of monthly security; however, it did instruct the Patna High Court to make every effort to finish the Second Appeal within six months.

Senior counsel Niranjan Reddy, along with advocates Abhimanyu Bhandari, Abhishek Chaudhary, and Singh, defended the family.

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