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Breaking: Interim orders by Delhi High Court, lower courts, subsisting as on March 16, automatically extended till May 15

An order to this effect was passed by a three-Judge Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justices Siddharth Mridul, Talwant Singh.

Aditi 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.

Justice Siddharth Mridul, Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Talwant Singh

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:

..it is hereby ordered that in all matters pending before this court and courts subordinate to this court, wherein such interim orders issued were subsisting as on 16.03.2020 and expired or will expire thereafter, the same shall stand automatically extended till 15.05.2020 or until further orders, except where any orders to the contrary have been passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in any particular matter, during the intervening period.
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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:

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