The Chhattisgarh High Court has passed an order directing that all the interim orders passed by any Court under its jurisdiction, which were to expire on or after March 16, shall continue to be in place till May 15.
Exercising its supervisory jurisdiction under Article 227, the Chhattisgarh High Court has directed that all the interim orders, stay order, or interim bail orders passed by any of the Courts under its jurisdiction, which were to expire on or after March 16, will remain operational till May 15.
This order is passed by the Bench of Justices Prashant Kumar Mishra and Manindra Mohan Shrivastava in a suo moto petition.
This order has been passed keeping in view the restricted functioning of the High Court on account of the lockdown imposed in order to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Given that the Courts are not functioning normally, the High Court has passed this order to alleviate the trouble that could be faced by litigants and lawyers.
Further, on the issue of crowding in prisons, the High Court has noted that in conformity with the Supreme Court’s order of March 23 directing every State to form High powered committee to identify prisoners that can be released on bail or parole, a report of the same has been submitted by the Committee thus formed.
The class of prisoners who can be released has been identified by this committee and the High Court has directed for the order of the Supreme Court to be implemented in its entirety.
The State Government and the Collectors of all Districts have been directed by the High Court to ensure medical checkup, hygiene, sanitation, cleanliness of all juvenile homes to ensure safety of child in conflict with law as well as child in need of care and protection. The orders further adds,
“Supply of required quantity of mask, soap, handwash be also ensured. The State authorities enjoined with duties and functions under the Juvenile Justice Act, towards supervision of Child Care Institutions shall also ensure that all such institutions are taking aforementioned safety measures.”
The order also states that in case of any urgency in any matter, the registrar (Judicial) of the High Court may be approached via email to bring the urgency to his notice and should the case be found to be urgent, it will be dealt with accordingly.
Source : Bar and Bench
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