New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today extended all its prevailing interim orders till October 31. The orders were due to expire on August 31. The decision has been taken in view of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
A special bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh, taking note of the prevalent situation gave the order.
The bench stated that: “Needless to clarify that in case the aforesaid extension of interim order causes any hardship of an extreme nature to a party, they would be at liberty to seek appropriate relief, as may be advised.”
Around 2,900 under-trials had been released on bail because of their risk of contacting COVID inside jails or the risk of them spreading the disease inside jails. The last time the court had extended all its interim orders till July 15.
“The idea is to ensure that the released prisoners do not return to prison as asymptomatic patients of COVID19, especially when the prisons are overcrowded,” the bench further noted.
The bench directed that the order be uploaded on the website of the high court and be conveyed to all the standing counsels, UOI, GNCTD, DDA, civic authorities, the Delhi High Court Bar Association, all the other Bar Associations of Delhi, as well as to all district courts subordinate to this court.
-India Legal Bureau