India's top court throws out case no one could understand

Judges and lawyers were left scratching their heads over the meaning of an order issued by an Indian court in a dispute between a landlord and his tenant

Anyone dealing with India's overburdened legal system knows that the wheels of justice move slowly.

But in one case, they have ground to a halt completely after Supreme Court judges said they were throwing out a lawsuit that used so much jargon it was incomprehensible.

"We will have to set it aside because one cannot understand this," the Hindustan Times daily quoted MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta as saying on Wednesday.

Even the lawyers representing the two sides in the row between a landlord and his tenant said they were unable to understand the original order issued by a lower court.

"We normally prepare an appeal in two days' time. However, in this case I took more than a week because the facts of the case were unclear," the landlord's lawyer, EC Agrawala, told the Hindustan Times.

The property dispute dates back to 1999 when the landlord filed a petition to evict his tenant for not paying rent.

In a nearly two-decade struggle, the landlord finally took his matter to the country's top court after the Himachal Pradesh High Court favoured the tenant.

But even that much would be hard to glean from the original order.

"(The)...tenant in the demised premises stands aggrieved by the pronouncement made by the learned Executing Court upon his objections constituted therebefore... wherewithin the apposite unfoldments qua his resistance to the execution of the decree stood discountenanced by the learned Executing Court," it read.