The Karnataka High Court has extended till June 5, all interim orders passed by the High Court, all the District Courts, Civil Courts, Family Courts, Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals and all other Tribunals in the state and which are due to expire during the lockdown period till May 3.
A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice B V Nagarathna were informed about the court's order passed on March 24, first day of the 21 day lockdown, which directed that extension of interim orders by a month.
The directions read as:
(i) All interim orders passed by the Karnataka High Court, all the District Courts, Civil Courts, Family Courts, Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals and all other Tribunals in the State over which this Court has power of superintendence, which are due to expire within a period of one month from today, will continue to operate for a period of one month from today. We, however, make it clear that those interim orders which are not of a limited duration and are to operate till further orders will remain unaffected.
(ii) If the Criminal Courts in the State have granted bail orders or anticipatory bail for a limited period which are likely to expire in one month from today, the said orders will stand extended for a period of one month from today.
(iii) If any orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition are already passed by the High Court, District or Civil Courts, the same shall remain in abeyance for a period of one month from today.
(iv) Considering the fact that it will be practically impossible for the citizens to approach the Courts for redressal of their grievances for a period of twenty-one days specified in the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs dated 24th March 2020, we sincerely hope that the State Government, Municipal Authorities and the agencies and instrumentalities of the State Government will be slow in taking action of demolition and eviction of persons.
The bench said "We direct that considering the prevailing situation, the period of one month mentioned in clause (i) to (iii) shall stand 24 extended till 05th June, 2020. Even the observations made in Clause (iv) will continue to operate."
The order is to be published on the high court website and soft copy of the order be sent to all concerned Courts and Tribunals; the learned Advocate General; the learned Additional Solicitor General of India; the learned Assistant Solicitor General of India; State Public Prosecutor and the Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council. We request the Chairman of the Bar council to circulate this order to all the Bar Associations in the State.
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