Following the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, on 10th January, 2022, the Supreme Court of India directed that the period from 15.03.2020 till 28.02.2022 shall be excluded for the purposes of limitation as may be prescribed under any general or special laws for all judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings.
Consequently, on 14th January, 2021 the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has issued directions to its Registry for compliance and computation of limitation period.
The order extends directions for compliance for;
- Computation for delay in matters in which the Limitation has expired on or before 14.03.2020
- Computation of delay in matters in which the Limitation expires between 15.02.2020 and 28.02.2022
The order also maintains that the directions issued by the Supreme Court shall not be applicable in matters filed/instituted against orders which shall be passed by the State Commissions on or before 01.03.2022. Such matters shall be subjected to standard procedure for computation of limitation period.