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National Consumer Commission to hear only urgent matters till April 30

The NCDRC president Justice R.K. Agrawal on April 18 suspended the sitting of the National Commission with effect from April 19 till April 30 and directed to close office premises for the next 72 hours for complete disinfection of office premises on Monday.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) will hear only urgent matters till April 30, 2021, in view of the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in Delhi.

Earlier, after some officials of the NCDRC and their family members tested Covid positive, keeping in view the SOP guidelines for prevention of spread of Covid-19, the NCDRC president Justice R.K. Agrawal on April 18 suspended the sitting of the National Commission with effect from April 19 till April 30 and directed to close office premises for next 72 hours for complete disinfection of office premises on Monday.

The recent notice by NCDRC in continuance with April 18 reads, “The sitting in the National Commission have been suspended from 19th April, 2021 to 30th April 2021 (1st and 2nd May, 2021 are holidays on account of Saturday and Sunday).”

The notice further states that only one Bench of National Commission, presided by one Hon’ble Member to be nominated by the Hon’ble President on day to day basis will function from 22nd April, 2021 till 30th April, 2021 through Video Conferencing.

The urgent matters listed on 19th and 20th April, 2021 will be listed on 22nd and 23rd April, 2021 respectively. Similarly, the urgent matters listed from 22nd to 30th April, 2021 will be listed on the dates already fixed. Rest of the matters may be adjourned by the Registry to such dates after 2nd May, 2021 in such a way that on nay day there may not be more than 15 matters for final hearing, after giving advance notice of two weeks. In case of any extreme urgency, the counsel shall approach the joint Registrar, NCDRC through email address with grounds of urgency.

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It says, “Therefore, all are hereby informed that only extreme urgent matters, out of already listed matters on these dates, will be listed before the above-mentioned Hon’ble Benches through Video Conferencing. The rest of the matters will be listed by the Registry to such dates, after 2nd May, 2021 after giving advance notice of two weeks.”

Further, the Hon’ble President constituted Single Member Benches from 22nd to 30th April, 2021 in the said notice itself.

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