The Kerala High Court has extended all interim orders till 3rd August 2020.
A Full Bench of the High Court comprising of the Chief Justice S. Manikumar, CT Ravikumar and Shaji P. Chaly noted that the situation that existed when it passed earlier orders has not changed now and the number of Covid cases are increasing.
On May 18th, the bench, in a suo motu case, had extended the subsistence of all the interim orders passed by it and the courts subordinate to it till June 30, 2020. On Tuesday, the full bench took up the matter again on Tuesday to consider whether any modification is necessary. The bench recorded the submission made by the Additional Advocate General to extend the interim order passed by it on May 18th.
In its earlier order, the court had extended all interim order granted in respect of orders passed by Courts/ Tribunals upon which High Court exercises supervisory jurisdiction under Article 227, which are due to expire during the lock down period, are extended till June 30, 2020. However, any aggrieved party is at liberty to move for vacating such orders before the appropriate Courts/Tribunals, as the case may be, it was observed.
The Court also took note of a letter by Director General of Prisons expressing his concern about the over crowding in jails. The Government submitted before the bench that it would take appropriate steps in this regard.
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