Mar 23, 2020

Combating COVID-19: Indian Supreme Court stopped the Limitation Clock

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Deciding Suo Motu Writ Petition (Civil) No 3/2020 today, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India took cognizance of the difficulties faced by the litigants across the country, in filing their cases within limitation period, due to outbreak and scare of Pandemic COVID-19.

Applying its powers under Article 142 of Constitution of India, the Apex Court has suspended all limitations w.r.t filing petitions/applications/suits/ appeals/all other proceedings (whether condonable or not; general or specific; emanating from central law or state law) w.e.f 15 March, 2020 till further orders.

In a country where lakhs of cases are filed daily, this extra-ordinary measure would enable our countrymen to follow, without fear of limitation law(s), the preventive measures adopted by governments to contain the burgeoning pandemic.

The order binds all the Courts, Tribunals and Authorities.

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