Supreme Court Clarifies Previous Order on Extension of Limitation Period Due to COVID-19

In its Order dated June 19, 2020 in the matter of S. Kasi v. State[1], the Supreme Court stated that its Order dated March 23, 2020 in Suo Moto Writ petition No 3 of 2020 extending limitation during the COVID – 19 lockdown was ‘‘never meant to curtail any provision of Code of Criminal Procedure or any other statute which was enacted to protect the Personal Liberty of a person[2]. Therefore, the Order dated March 23, 2020 does not defeat the right of an accused to get default bail if the charge sheet was not filed within the prescribed time under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

[1] 2020 SCC OnLine SC 529.

[2] Ibid, para 18.

Published In:Inter Alia - Quarterly Edition - June 2020 [ English
Date: June 30, 2020