Considering that normal functioning of the Courts of the State may not be resumed in immediate future, a division bench of the Orissa High Court comprising of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Savitri Ratho, has extended all interim orders passed by the High Court and by the courts subordinate to it, till July 15, 2020.
The bench has also put in abeyance, any orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition, anticipatory bail, parole, bail granted under Section 439 of CrPC, etc. till July 15.
Further, filing of written-statements has been deferred, unless specifically directed, till July 15.
The directions have been passed to ensure that the litigants and citizens do not suffer on account of their inability to "approach the court of law".
The order draws strength from the plenary power of the Court under Article 226 of the Constitution, power of superintendence under Article 227 of the Constitution, inherent power over criminal matters under Section 482 of CrPC, power of superintendence over criminal courts under Section 483 CrPC and inherent power over civil matters under Section 151 of CPC.
As per the order,
Further, in order to dispel ambiguity, it is clarified that:
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