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An order to this effect was passed by a three-Judge Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justices Siddharth Mridul, Talwant Singh.
All interim orders passed by the Delhi High Court and its subordinate courts, which were subsisting as on March 16 and are likely to expire or have already expired, stand automatically extended till May 15, 2020, or until further orders.
At present, functioning of the High Court and its subordinate courts stands suspended.
An order to this effect was passed by a three-Judge Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justices Siddharth Mridul, Talwant Singh in view of the lockdown and limited functioning of the courts to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.
The Court noted that in view of the lockdown in Delhi and limited functioning of courts, routine matters were adjourned en bloc to the month of April.
However, the advocates concerned and litigants were not in the position to appear in these matters, including those where stay/bails/paroles were granted by the High Court or the courts subordinate to it, on or before March 03, 2020.
As a result, interim orders operating in favour of parties either expired or would expire on or after March 16, 2020.
Taking suo moto cognizance of these extraordinary circumstances, the Court exercised its power under Article 226 & 227 of the Constitution of India and ordered as follows:
The Court has added that in case the extension of the interim order causes any hardship of an extreme nature to a party to such proceeding, they would be at liberty to seek appropriate relief.
Read the Order: