COVID-19: Impact on Indian Courts | Follow-up 1

April 2020

In view of the 21-day lockdown and the notification of March 25, 2020, the Delhi High Court directed suspension of work at its premises and all subordinate courts to continue till April 15, 2020. This is being followed by almost all courts and tribunals. This alert is a follow-up to our litigation alert dated March 26, 2020 and describes additional notifications issued by the following tribunals:

1. NCLAT: On March 30, 2020, NCLAT passed a suo moto order and directed two points. Firstly, NCLAT and all benches of NCLT will exclude the lockdown period for counting the period for resolution process under Section 12 of IBC, 2016 in all cases where the corporate insolvency resolution process has been initiated. Secondly, all interim order(s) passed by NCLAT in (a) insolvency; (b) company and (c) competition matters shall continue till the next date of hearing.

 2. NCLT: Two notifications were issued on March 28 and March 30, 2020. The former was issued in continuation of the notice dated March 22, 2020 and which suspended all work till April 14, 2020. The latter notifies that all matters listed on various dates between March 23 to April 14, 2020 shall be listed from April 15 onwards.

3. NCDRC: On March 28, 2020, NCDRC extended the period of suspension till April 15, 2020.


Urvika Suri