In view of the national lockdown imposed by the Central government and consequent restricted functioning of courts, the Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday extended the life of all interim orders, including provisional bail orders, passed by it or the courts subordinate to it, till April 30.
The said order of extension is applicable to those orders that may have expired or would expire between 16th of March till 14th April, 2020.
The decision was taken by a Full Bench of the High Court comprising of Chief Justice Dr. Ravi ranjan, Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad and Justice Ananda Sen, in order to prevent persons, in whose favour interim relief or provisional bail etc. had been granted but lapsed during such period, from filing unnecessary petitions for extension of peremptory time.
"…this Court, in order to ensure that lockdown is successful and social distancing is maintained and to avoid such unnecessary filing of petitions for extending the peremptory time, application for enlargement of provisional bail or any other interim relief or any order for compliance of any particular direction of the Court which could not be complied in various civil and criminal cases including appeals, writ petitions and miscellaneous cases filed in the High Court as well as in the Civil Courts of the State of Jharkhand including the present appeal, in exercise of its powers under Article 226 and 227 of the Constitution of India declare that such interim orders would automatically stand extended till 30th April, 2020, save and except those cases in which orders have been passed by the concerned court granting interim relief without giving a particular date, i.e., till further order(s) to be passed or such cases in which the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has given any particular direction," the bench directed.
However, it has been clarified that in case of any urgency in any of the aforesaid matters, the aggrieved party would be at liberty to approach the Court as may be advised.
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