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Litigants will not suffer because of their inability to approach the court: Allahabad HC

Team SoOLEGAL 27 Mar 2020 5:13pm

Litigants will not suffer because of their inability to approach the court: Allahabad HC

While dealing with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Allahabad High Court suo moto  provided directions by exercising jurisdiction under Articles 226 and 227 of the Constitution of India to ensure that citizens are not deprived of their right to approach the courts of law.

A Bench consisting of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Samit Gopal passed the directions so that litigants should not suffer because of their inability to approach the courts of law.

In view of the 21-day lockout of Coronavirus, stringent measures were introduced from midnight on 24 March, which made it impossible for citizens to approach the courts of law and recourse to legal remedies. Considering the same, the Court gave the following directions-

1.     All interim orders given by the High Court of Judicature in Allahabad and Lucknow, all District Courts, Civil Courts, Family Courts, Labor Courts, Industrial Tribunals and all other Tribunals in the State over which the High Court has jurisdiction of Superintendence, expiring after 19 March 2020 or expiring within a span of one month from today(26th March 2020), shall contain the provisions of However, the court make it clear that those interim orders which are not of a limited period  are to operate till further orders will remain unaffected;

2.     All Bail/anticipatory bail orders which are likely to expire in one month from today will stand extended for a period of one month.

3.      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 for a period of one month from today.

4.     As it will be practically impossible for the citizens to approach the Courts for redressal of their grievances for a period of 21 days specified in the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs dated 24th March 2020, hope was expressed that the State Government, Municipal Authorities and the agencies and instrumentalities of State Government will be slow in taking action of demolition and eviction of persons.

5.     As it will be practically impossible for citizens to approach the courts for the redress of their grievances for a span of 21 days stated in the Ministry of Home Affairs order of 24 March 2020, it was expected that the State Government, Municipal Authorities and State government agencies and instrumentalities to go' slow' in taking action during this time on the demolition and eviction of persons.



Tagged: Allahabad HC   PIL   Justice Govind Mathur   Justice Samit Gopal   Coronavirus  
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