In a case registered suo moto, a Full Bench of the Calcutta High Court has extended the subsistence of all the interim orders passed by it and the courts subordinate to it till September 30, 2020, provided they were subsisting on March 16.
The order is passed in the backdrop of "non-availability of access to Courts", due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and is also applicable to orders pertaining to the Original Side of the High Court.
The extension has been granted by a bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justices Harish Tandon, Sanjib Banerjee, IP Mukerji and Joymalya Bagchi, and it will be applicable to all the subordinate courts including the Tribunals within the State of West Bengal and Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Significantly, all parties affected by the continuation of the interim orders will be at liberty to apply for vacating or variation of such orders. This will also apply to all orders passed, whether by the High Court or any Subordinate Court or Tribunals, after 15th March, 2020.
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