Reasonable expedition

The expression, reasonable expedition’ is explained in Sabir Ahmed v. Union of India, (1980) 3 SCC 295 as follows:

“What is ‘reasonable expedition’ is a question depending on the circumstances of the particular case. No hard and fast rule as to the measure of reasonable time can be laid down. But it certainly does not cover the delay due to negligence, callous inaction, avoidable red-tapism and unduly protracted procrastination.”