The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday has disposed of the suo motu public interest litigation which was taken by the court for extension of interim orders and limitation expiring during the period of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The division bench of Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal heard the suo motu PIL. The suo motu cognizance pertaining to interim orders and limitation expiring during the period of lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic was taken by the High Court.
A detailed order with respect to all the courts in the state was initially passed and extended from time to time with certain modifications, to ensure that litigants do not suffer on account of their “inability to approach the courts of law”.
In this matter last order was passed on December 1, 2020 for extension of interim orders and caveat under Section 148-A CPC. Looking to the physical working of the courts in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the court has expressed that there is no need to continue this public interest litigation to extend currency period of limitation or interim order.
The Bench said,
“We find that now the Courts are physically working in the state of Uttar Pradesh, thus there is no reason to keep this matter pending and for that to pass further order in reference to the interim orders for the caveats. Rather the matter is now closed…”