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Section 10 – The General Clauses Act, 1897

The General Clauses Act, 1897



10. Computation of time.-


(1) Where, by any 1(Central Act) or regulation made after the commencement of this Act, any act or proceeding is directed to allowed to be done or taken in any Court or office on a certain day or within a prescribed period, then, if the Court or office is closed on that day or that day or the last day of the prescribed period, the act or proceeding shall be considered as done or taken in due time if it is done or taken on the next day afterwards on which the Court or office is open.


Provided that nothing in this section shall apply to any act or proceeding to which the Indian Limitation Act, 1877 (15 of 1877)2 , applies.


(2) This section applies also to all 1[Central Acts] and Regulations made on or after the fourteenth day of January, 1887.




Since the last date of the prescribed period was subsequent to the date of notification, declared to be a holiday on the basis of the principles laid down in this section the last date of prescribed period for obtaining the tender schedules was extended to the next working day; K. Soosalrathnam v. Div. Engineer, N.H.C. Tirunelveli, AIR 1995 Mad 90.



1. Subs. by the A.O. 1937, for “Acts of the Governor General in Council”.


2. See now the Limitation Act, 1963 (36 of 1963).



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