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[Lockdown Extension] NCLTs to maintain status-quo; To continue hearing only unavoidable urgent matters

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In view of the extension of the nationwide lockdown to contain COVID-19, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has decided to maintain the status quo as it has decided to continue hearing only unavoidable urgent matters.

Notice issed by Registrar NCLT reads,

"In view of the extension of lockdown announced by the Government of India until 03.05.2020,to curtail the spread of COVID19, the directions given in the notice dated 22.3.2020 issued by NCLT are hereby extended upto 03.05.2020.

With regard to functioning of NCLT during Lockdown, the President, in addition to the earlier notices, will take further steps depending upon the exigencies of the litigant public and the same will be announced as and when any further decision is taken."

Vide March 22 Notice, the NCLT had suspended its judicial work and notified that it would hear only unavoidable urgent matters.

It was further informed that for getting unavoidable urgent matters listed, an application had to be filed through email to the registry NCLT Chennai after service of notice to the other side.

Subsequently, necessary orders would be passed by the Acting President who is sitting singly at Chennai.

The March 22 Notice had also clarified that the parties/counsel would not be provided any opportunity to make oral submissions.

Read the Notice:

notice dated 14.4.2020.pdf
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