Supreme Court Recalls Suo Motu Extension of Limitation with Effect from October


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The Supreme Court has recalled the suo motu order of Apr twenty seven, 2021, that had extended with impact from March fourteen, 2021 the limitation amount for filing of cases in sight of covid second wave. The Court aforementioned that the suo motu extension of limitation amount can stand withdrawn with impact from Oct two, 2021. A bench comprising judge of India Sagebrush State Ramana, Justices L Nageswara Rao and Surya philosopher created these observations within the suo motu case In Re Cognizance for extension of limitation.
The following square measure the directions:
1. In computing the amount of limitation for any suit, appeal, application or continuing, the amount from 15.03.2020 until 02.10.2021 shall stand excluded. Consequently, the balance amount of limitation remaining as on 15.03.2021, if any, shall become obtainable with impact from 03.10.2021.
2. In cases wherever the limitation would have expired throughout the amount between 15.03.2020 until 02.10.2021, nonetheless the particular balance amount of limitation remaining, all persons shall have a limitation amount of ninety days from 03.10.2021. Within the event the particular balance amount of limitation remaining, with impact from 03.10.2021, is larger than ninety days, that longer amount shall apply.
3. The amount from 15.03.2020 until 02.10.2021 shall additionally stand excluded in computing the periods prescribed underneath Sections twenty three (4) and 29A of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, Section 12A of the business Courts Act, 2015 and provisos (b) and (c) of Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 and the other laws, that visit period(s) of limitation for instituting proceedings, outer limits (within that the court or assembly will excuse delay) and termination of proceedings.
4. The govt of India shall amend the rules for containment zones, to state.
The Supreme Court had passed associate order on March 23, 2020, guiding that the amount of limitation altogether such proceedings, no matter the limitation prescribed underneath the overall law or Special Laws whether or not condonable or not stood extended w.e.f. 15.03.2020 until additional order/s on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thereafter, noticing that the country was returning to normalcy, the extension of limitation delivered to associate finish by order dated March 8, 2021.
Two weeks back, the committee of India filed associate application seeking modification of the limitation extension as way as election petitions square measure involved, oral communication that it had been troublesome to preserve the EVMs and election papers indefinitely. whereas considering that application, the Supreme Court aforementioned on Sept.9 that it’ll contemplate recalling the suo motu order with regard to all cases, and not simply election petitions, because the COVID state of affairs has improved across the country.
REPORTED BY:-
VIDIT RASTOGI
AMITY UNIVERSITY, LUCKNOW


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