The Delhi High Court has ordered that there shall be no further extension of Interim orders passed in civil case. Similarly no further extension of interim bails to those 2,318 undertrials involved in heinous crimes, who were granted interim bail by the District Courts and directed them to surrender them in a phased manner from November 2 to November 13.
The High Court has modified its earlier order on extension of interim bail orders on account of COVID-19.
A three-Judge Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel, Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh said,
“After considering all aspects and in view of the fact that the interim bail and interim stay extension order was necessitated because functioning of the Courts was curtailed due to complete lockdown declared on 25.03.2020 but now the situation has changed and all Courts at High Court and District Court level are functioning through physical mode/VC mode and since there is no spread of Covid-19 in the jails and out of about 16,000 prisoners only 3 are infected and they have been segregated and are admitted in hospital, we deem it proper to modify our order dated 25th March, 2020 which was lastly extended on 24th August, 2020.”
The bench further said that bail granted by the trial court to 2,318 undertrial prisoners involved in heinous crimes and which was being extended from time to time on the basis of the high court’s blanket extension order, would come to an end on October 31 and all of them have to surrender in a phased manner between November 2 and November 13.
The surrender process would start on November 2 with the prisoners of Central District, Tis Hazari Courts and would culminate on November 13 with the surrender of prisoners from Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, New Delhi, the high court said in its order of October 20.
“As far as interim orders passed in the civil matters are concerned, which were extended vide orders dated 25th March 2020 and subsequent orders, it is hereby ordered that all such interim orders shall cease to have effect on the next date of hearing in the said matters. However, the parties in the said matters are at liberty to move the concerned courts for extension of the interim orders and the said courts shall consider extension of the interim orders on merit without being influenced by any orders passed by this Court in this matter,” the court said.