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The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has notified that all matters, including those listed before the Registrar's Court, have been adjourned till April 15. The notification has come in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, following guidelines issued by the Government of India.
It has further been notified that matters of an urgent nature would be heard by the Listing Officer Iqbal Ahmed (Deputy Registrar) in the Registrar's Court. These urgent matters would require his prior approval to be listed.
The notification further lists what matters would constitute as matters for urgent hearing. This includes:
any matter in which an immediate stay of execution proceedings or order passed in such proceedings is sought;
matters involving stay of arrest warrants or recovery certificates issued or a sentence passed by a Consumer forum is sought, and
any other matter which the listing officer finds to be of an urgent nature.
For urgent matters, only one advocate along with one person representing the party will be allowed to enter the courtroom, the notification states.
Filing of fresh matters will go on as usual, as the Commission will remain open during working days. However, the matters would be listed only after April 15, unless it is of an urgent nature.
Advocates and litigants have been asked to make sure that no material filed or brought into the premises of the Commission is contaminated in any manner.
Also, advocates, parties concerned, litigants, and staff members would not be granted entry into premises if they are found to be suffering or show any symptoms of the novel Coronavirus.