Whether the trial court ought to grant an opportunity to the petitioner to explain the delay in filing written statement, prior to fixing the suit for ex parte hearing?

This revisional application is required to be heard on such limited question where the petitioner has raised a valid question as to whether the trial court ought to have granted an opportunity to the petitioner to explain the delay in filing his written statement, if necessary, upon imposition of costs, prior to fixing the suit for ex parte hearing.

Accordingly, the Court issued notice and stayed trial proceedings in a suit where the petitioner questioned the powers of the civil court in not granting an opportunity to the petitioner to explain the delay in filing the written statement, prior to fixing the suit for ex-parte hearing.

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