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[Lockdown] Sub-ordinate courts not prohibited from pronouncing final judgment/orders in matters pending before it: Delhi HC

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court has clarified that the decision suspending the functioning of its sub-ordinate courts due to COVID-19 lockdown would not prohibit pronouncement of final judgment/order in matters pending before it. (Puneet Kumar vs High Court of Delhi)

The order was passed by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Navin Chawla in a petition preferred by one Puneet Kumar.

The Petitioner had sought the modification of the Office Order issued by the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court on April 15.

Vide the Office Order, the High Court had suspensed the functioning of courts subordinate to it till May 3 and adjourned matters listed between April 16 to May 2 en bloc.

The Petitioner's grievance arose from the fact that his divorce petition had been pending adjudication since 2015.

The Court was informed that the judgment in the petition was reserved on January 18 but was thereafter posted for judgment on various dates and was last listed on April 4, 2020.

The Petitioner contended before the Court that due to the Office Order, the judgment in his petition was not being pronounced as the matter was getting adjourned.

It was thus prayed that the Office Order be amended so as to enable the Trial Court to pass the judgment/final order in the divorce petition.

After hearing the Petitioner, the Court opined that in view of the limited nature of the prayer before it, there was no need to issue a formal notice to the Respondents to seek their response to the petition.

The Court then proceeded to issue the following order,

The present petition is disposed of clarifying that the office order dated 15.04.2020 of the respondent no. 1 would not prohibit the learned Trial Court from pronouncing its final judgment/order in the petition pending before it.
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The petition was accordingly disposed of.

Advocate Harsh Kumar represented the Petitioner.

Read the Order:

Puneet Kumar vs High Court of Delhi.pdf
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