NCDRC Circuit Bench in Chandigarh in January, 2020: Consumers can apply to get their matters heard

NCDRC Circuit Bench in Chandigarh

Manokriti Bedi

Chandigarh, December 16

The Apex Consumer Court, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission is once again coming to Chandigarh in the last fortnight of January, 2020. The Circuit Bench will hear matters/appeals/revisions arising out of cases relating to Panjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Sector 37 Chandigarh, presently headed by Justice (Retd) Paramjeet Dhaliwal. Parties who want to get their matters heard in the Circuit Bench are advised to apply to the Registrar, NCDRC, F Block, GPO Complex, INA Market, New Delhi by 24th December, 2019.

Justice Retd. R.K. Aggarwal, President of the National Commission will be presiding over the Chandigarh Circuit Bench. Although the final list of cases to be heard will be finalized by 6th January, it is learnt that about 460 old cases of the years 2008 to 2016 will be heard by the Circuit Bench.

Secretary of the UT Consumer Commission has received a communication from the National Commission informing that the sittings will take place at the Top Floor of the Chandigarh State Consumer Commission Building, Plot No. 5 B, Madhya Marg, Sector 19 B, Chandigarh. The NCDRC will hold its Circuit Bench sittings at Chandigarh for a fortnight from 20th January to 31st January, 2020.

According to consumer activist, Pankaj Chandgothia, the Circuit Bench was earlier held in September this year for hearing matters relating to Chandigarh. Prior to this, the NCDRC heard Haryana Consumer Commission Matters in its sitting in March 2015 and Panjab Consumer Commission matters in November 2015.

Fresh consumer complaints, first appeals and revision petitions pertaining even to Chandigarh, and Haryana/Panjab can also be filed and got heard here itself for admission hearing. By filing a case here…the complainant can save his expenses of going to Delhi twice…one for filing and one for preliminary hearing as the filed case will be heard here only if these are during the week beginning 20th January, 2010.

Upon being asked, Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia informed that a complaint can be filed before the circuit Bench at Chandigarh relating to any area if the value of the claim is more than Rs. 1 crore.
Court fee of RS. 5000/- is to be paid by DD in favour of “Registrar NCDRC New Delhi”.

The complaint has to consist of list of dates and events, MEMO of parties, complaint
affidavit and supporting documents as annexures. Two sets with file covers are to be filed. Respondent copies can be given after issue of notice.

The purpose of holding Circuit Bench sittings at various places is to give quick justice at the doorsteps of the consumers so that they need not travel to Delhi for seeking redressal of their grievances. The Central Government has notified several places including Chandigarh for holding Circuit Benches under Section 22 C of the Consumer Protection Act. Earlier, the sittings have taken place at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Shimla Kolkata and Nagpur.

Justice (Retd.) D.K. Jain, Former President of the National Commission is credited with the move of holding Circuit Benches of NCDRC outside New Delhi.

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