May 22,2020 | 2 min read

COVID-19 Lockdown: An event of force majeure or not? A brief overview of the recent orders passed by the Hon'ble high courts of Bombay and Delhi

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Suhael Buttan, Author

Suhael Buttan is currently working as an associate at SKV Law Offices. He has obtained his B.B.A.LL.B (Hons.) degree from Symbiosis Law School, Noida (affiliated with the Symbiosis International University, Pune).

Over the years, he has successfully handled an array of litigations and legal matters representing the interests of corporate as well as individual clients before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, District Courts of Delhi, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity and various other Commissions and fora across the country.

He has also advised clients in matters pertaining to Civil laws, Electricity Laws, Contractual Disputes, Consumer matters and Arbitration Laws in particular.

Vikas Maini, Author

VIkas is currently working as an associate at SKV Law Offices. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University ("GGSIPU"), New Delhi .

He is currently practicing in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration with special focus in the area of Infrastructure & Energy. Vikas’s expertise also extends to other branches of law including but not limited to competition law, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Consumer Protection Act, Civil Suits and Criminal Law.


Due to the lockdown imposed by the Government of India, transport and travel in international and domestic routes, including travel through land borders has been restricted. Even the Courts across the nation have been submitted to restrict its functioning only to urgent matters thereby leaving no stone unturned with respect to the dispensation of justice.

In wake of these unprecedented challenges being faced by the country, the Hon'ble High Court of Judicature at Bombay ('Hon'ble High Court of Bombay') and the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi have come up with Judicial decisions where the clauses of Force Majeure envisaged under the respective contracts have been again the subject-matter of judicial review, in turn arising out of the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus ('COVID-19') and the subsequent lockdown imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs ('MHA'), Government of India on 24.03.2020[1] and on 14.04.2020[2] respectively. « Read More »


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Suhael Buttan

I have Handled an array of litigation and legal matters representing the interests of corporate as well as individual clients. Represented clients before High Court of Delhi, District Courts and Tribunals all over Delhi , various quasi judicial authorities like Consumer Fora, HRERA, etc. in matters pertaining to Civil laws, Consumer laws, Electricity Laws, Contractual Disputes and Arbitration Laws in particular. Also extensively assisted clients in trademark prosecution and litigation.

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