The Bombay High Court on Wednesday in view of Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra extended the operation of interim orders passed by the High Court and its subordinate courts in Maharashtra and Goa till October 31. Previously, the Court had extended all interim orders on August 31 to September 30.
The bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta, Justice AA Sayed, Justice SS Shinde and Justice KK Tated noted that the orders for eviction, dispossession and demolition already passed by the courts will remain in abeyance until October 31, as directed earlier.
While directing extension of order passed in a subsequent suo motu petition which was set to expire today, Court observed-
"The situation in Maharashtra, because of the pandemic, continues to be grim. Normal functioning of the Courts is yet to be restored. The litigant public may not suffer for no fault on their part. In such view of the matter, we consider it just and appropriate to extend the interim order passed on this suo motu petition, which is due to expire today, till October 31, 2020 on the same terms as directed earlier."
As reported yesterday, the High Court will begin physical hearings in criminal appeal cases across all its benches in Nagpur, Aurangabad and the High Court of Bombay at Goa. Virtual Hearings will continue as well, separate benches have been assigned to hear cases from October 1.
On Wednesday, Chief Justice Dipankar Datta conducted a physical hearing for the first time since Courts were shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic from the Central Courtroom Number 46. Although, as per notice dated September 29, the Chief Justice will formally begin hearing matters physically from October 1, he conducted physical hearing on Wednesday wherein advocates were allowed to join virtually as well.
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