SUPREME COURT OF INDIA TAKES SUO MOTO COGNIZANCE FOR EXTENSION OF STATUTORY LIMITATION PERIODS – Eshwars
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SUPREME COURT OF INDIA TAKES SUO MOTO COGNIZANCE FOR EXTENSION OF STATUTORY LIMITATION PERIODS

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India by its order dated 23rd March 2020 has, in a writ petition taken suo moto cognisance of the situation arising out of the challenge faced by the country and the 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).

In an unprecedented move and in exercise of its powers power under Article 142 read with Article 141 of the Constitution of India the Hon’ble Supreme Court, in order to obviate the difficulties faced by lawyers and litigants, 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 Supreme Court in the suo moto proceedings. This order is binding on all Courts/Tribunals and authorities in India.

This order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court is indeed a welcome initiative that will ease the hardships faced by lawyers and litigants across the country during these times, with a national lockout having been declared from 25th March 2020 till 15th April 2020.

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