Monday, 22 February 2021

Supreme Court order dated 23-03-2020 IN RE : COGNIZANCE FOR EXTENSION OF LIMITATION

To obviate such difficulties and to ensure that

lawyers/litigants do not have to come physically to file such

proceedings in respective Courts/Tribunals across the country

including this Court, it is hereby ordered that a period of

limitation in all such proceedings, irrespective of the limitation

prescribed under the general law or Special Laws whether condonable

or not shall stand extended w.e.f. 15th March 2020 till further

order/s to be passed by this Court in present proceedings.

S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

SUO MOTU WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) No(s).3/2020

IN RE : COGNIZANCE FOR EXTENSION OF LIMITATION

Date : 23-03-2020 This petition was taken up suo motu for hearing

today.

CORAM :

HON'BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE

HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE L. NAGESWARA RAO

HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE SURYA KANT

By Courts Motion

UPON hearing the counsel the Court made the following


This Court has taken Suo Motu cognizance of the situation

arising out of the challenge faced by the country on account of

Covid-19 Virus and resultant difficulties that may be faced by

litigants across the country in filing their

petitions/applications/suits/ appeals/all other proceedings within

the period of limitation prescribed under the general law of

limitation or under Special Laws (both Central and/or State).

To obviate such difficulties and to ensure that

lawyers/litigants do not have to come physically to file such


proceedings in respective Courts/Tribunals across the country

including this Court, it is hereby ordered that a period of

limitation in all such proceedings, irrespective of the limitation

prescribed under the general law or Special Laws whether condonable

or not shall stand extended w.e.f. 15th March 2020 till further

order/s to be passed by this Court in present proceedings.

We are exercising this power under Article 142 read with

Article 141 of the Constitution of India and declare that this

order is a binding order within the meaning of Article 141 on all

Courts/Tribunals and authorities.

This order may be brought to the notice of all High Courts for

being communicated to all subordinate Courts/Tribunals within their

respective jurisdiction.

Issue notice to all the Registrars General of the High Courts,

returnable in four weeks.



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