In suit with various other high courts across the country, the Allahabad High Court has resolved to remain closed till further orders, due to the National Lockdown imposed by the Central Government wef from midnight.
As per a notice issued by the Registrar General of the High Court, the Administrative Committee has decided to suspend all Court work both in the Allahabad High Court, as well as in all the courts subordinate to it, with immediate effect till further orders.
However, a designated Division Bench/single Judge will take up urgent cases, with prior approval of the Chief Justice. For the Lucknow Bench, necessary approval for hearing of urgent cases will have to be obtained from the Senior Judge, Lucknow.
As per the Circular,
"As resolved by the Administrative Committee (telephonically), in supersession of all administrative notifications, circular etc., issued earlier, the Court work in the Allahabad High Court shall remain suspended with immediate effect till further orders. However, imminently emergent and urgent cases would be heard by the designated Division Bench/single Judge with prior approval of the Chief Justice. For Lucknow Bench, necessary approval for hearing of urgent cases shall be obtained from Hon'ble Senior Judge, Lucknow.
All the courts subordinate to the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad and all commercial courts, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal and Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Authorities across the State of U.P. shall also remain closed till further orders. The remands and bails of arrested person shall be done as per holiday practice."
Pertinently, the Allahabad HC has remained closed since March 19, as a preventive measure to implement social distancing.