Taking note of the national lockdown, the Bombay High Court has extended the operation of all interim orders passed by it, and the Courts/Tribunals subordinate to it until April 30.
A bench comprising Chief Justice B P Dharmadhikari, Justices A A Sayed, Shinde and K K Tated passed the order in a suo moto action as follows :
"we find it appropriate to continue all interim orders which are operating till today and are not already continued by some other courts / authority including this court and the same shall remain in force till 30.04.2020, subject to liberty to parties to move for vacation of interim orders only in extreme urgent cases.
Thus, all interim orders passed by this High Court at Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Panaji as also all courts/Tribunal and authorities subordinate over which it has power of superintendence expiring before 30.04.2020, shall continue to operate till then. It is clarifed that such interim orders which are not granted for limited duration and therefore, are to operate till further orders, shall remain unaffected by this order."
"Orders or decree for eviction, dispossession, demolition already passed by any court/Tribunal/Authority shall also remain in abeyance till then", added the Court.
Earlier, five senior advocates of the Bombay HC - Janak Dwarkadas, Rajani Iyer, Anil Anturkar, Mihir Desai and Gayatri Singh - had written a letter to the Chief Justice requesting certain measures to ensure that the justice system remains accessible to the poor and marginalised sections of during the present crisis.
The Court acknowledged the receipt of this letter in the order.
"Considering the prevalent shut down and other issues, we hope that Government as also municipal authorities and other agencies or instrumentalities shall also be slow in taking any coercive steps so as to drive the citizen to court of law in the meantime", the Court also stated.