In view of extension of the national lockdown and in exercise of its powers under Articles 226 and 227 of the Constitution, a division bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma has extended all interim orders passed by it and by the courts subordinate to it, that expired subsequent to March 19, till May 10.
Further, all orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition and orders of anticipatory bail have been extended till May 15.
The order has been passed in a suo moto case, to ensure that litigants do not suffer on account of their "inability to approach the Courts of law":
"(i) All interim orders passed by the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad well as at Lucknow, 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 have been expired subsequent to 19th March, 2020 or are due to expire within a period of one month from today, will continue to operate upto 10th May, 2020. 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 a bail has been granted in anticipation as an interim measure for a specific period and that period is going to expire on or before 3rd May, 2020, the same shall stand extended upto 15th May, 2020.
(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 till 15th May, 2020 or having any order order by the court competent, whichever is earlier," the court has directed.
Earlier, the High Court had extended all interim orders till April 26. However, in light of extension of the lockdown, the High Court set it "deemed appropriate" to modify that order.
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