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National Lockdown: Madras HC Extends Life Of Interim Orders Till June 1 [Read Order]

Akshita Saxena
27 April 2020 5:50 AM GMT
National Lockdown: Madras HC Extends Life Of Interim Orders Till June 1 [Read Order]
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In view of extension of the lockdown period, the Madras High Court has extended the life of all the interim orders passed by it, that were subsisting as on March 20, till June 1.

The high court has also put all unexecuted orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition passed by it or the courts subordinate to it, at abeyance till June 1.

The court has also clarified that in case the extension of the interim orders causes undue hardship of any extreme nature to any party, they would be at liberty to seek appropriate relief as may be advised.

The order has been passed in continuation of an earlier order dated March 26, passed by a division bench of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice Abdul Quddhose, in a case registered suo moto.

Through the order dated March 26, the High Court had extended all interim orders, etc. till April 30. Taking stock of the prevailing circumstances and extension of the lockdown however, a bench comprising of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice M. Nirmal Kumar on Saturday ordered,

"In the light of the above facts and circumstances and also take into consideration of the current situation/scenario, directions issued in the order dated 26.03.2020, are extended till 01.06.2020."

Thereby:

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  • All interim orders passed by the High Court at Madras – Principal Bench that were subsisting as on 20th March, 2020 may stand extended till June 1, 2020 unless vacated or modified earlier or until further orders of the Court unless specifically dealt with by any judicial order to the contrary.
  • All orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition which have not been executed till date on the orders of the High Court, District Courts or the Civil Courts, the same shall remain in abeyance till June 1, 2020 unless vacated or modified earlier by any judicial order passed by the appropriate forum by which it was issued.
  • All orders passed by the Courts exercising criminal jurisdiction having granted bail, anticipatory bail or parole etc., for a limited period which are likely to expire on or before June 1, 2020 shall stand extended till June 1, 2020 subject to any orders passed by the said forums even before the said expiry date or thereafter to enable the respective courts to deal with any abuse of the orders of the concerned party.
  • The aforesaid directions may be subject to any orders to the contrary having been passed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in any particular matter.
  • It can also be clarified that in case the extension of the interim orders causes undue hardship of any extreme nature to any of the parties to such proceedings or a matter of extreme urgency being indicated by the State or its authorities, they would be at liberty to seek appropriate relief as may be advised.
  • Such interim orders or directions which are not of a limited duration shall continue to operate and will remain unaffected.
  • General encroachment drives, State revenue recovery measures, proceedings relating to demolition and eviction and other actions that are likely to give rise to an immediate litigation in the High Court may be kept temporarily in abeyance subject to any measures for which advise may be sought from the learned Advocate General.
  • Case Details:

    Case Title: Suo Moto

    Case No.: WP No.7413/2020

    Quorum: Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice M. Nirmal Kumar

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