The Madhya Pradesh High Court have initiated suo moto proceeding in an extraordinary situation on account of surge in Coronavirus cases in the State following the onset of second Covid wave. The Court has extended the interim orders passed by it and subordinate courts to it, which were subsisting as on 10th March, 2021 till 15th June, 2021.
The High Court stated that the Courts throughout the State are not able to function effectively in a regular manner. Even the High Court, Principal Seat at Jabalpur, Bench at Indore and also Bench at Gwalior had to suspend the normal functioning following lockdown imposed by the Government with effect from 10.4.2021. It may take some more time for the High Court as well as District and Sub-ordinate Courts, Labour Courts and Family Courts in the State to resume normal functioning due to the ongoing unprecedented crisis. This has given rise to a situation where most of the litigants are not in a position to approach the Courts.
The Bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sanjay Dwivedi stated,” Although we do not want to disclose the exact numbers collated by the Registry of this Court but suffice it to say that a large number of stakeholders including the Judicial Officers, employees of the Courts and the Advocates have been found positive for Coronavirus in almost all the districts of the State and unfortunately, some of them have even succumbed to this deadly disease. Owing to this situation, the functioning of the Courts everywhere has been affected adversely.”
The bench further said that the interim orders or directions of this Court or any Court sub-ordinate to this Court in the State, which are not of a limited duration and were meant to operate till further orders, shall continue to remain in force until modified/altered/vacated by specific order of the Court concerned in a particular case.
It is further directed that the orders of eviction, dispossession, demolition, etc. passed by this Court or any Court subordinate to it or any Tribunal or Judicial or Quasi Judicial forum, which have so far remained unexecuted, shall remain in abeyance till 15th of June 2021.