The NCDRC has suspended sitting of the National Commission with effect from April 19 to April 30 taking into consideration the SOP guidelines for fending off the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, issued by the Ministry of Health and family welfare.
NCDRC issued a notice on 18th April, 2021 which reads as:
“All concerned are hereby informed that some of the officials of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission and their family members have been tested COVID-19 positive and are under medical treatment. The sitting in the National Commission have been suspended from 19th April 2021 to 30th April 2021 including May 1st and 2nd 2021 as Holidays on account of Saturday and Sunday.”
Moreover, only one bench of National Commission, chaired by one Hon'ble member will be nominated by the Hon'ble president on day to day basis to function from 22nd April 2021 to 30 April 2021, strictly through virtual mode from home. Additionally it was clarified that except the matters in which urgencies involved shall be adjourned by the registry to dates after 2nd May 2021 in such a way that on any day there may not be more than 15 matters for final hearing after giving advance notice of two weeks to the council/parties. The matters listed on 19th and 20th April 2021 in which are urgent, will be listed on 22nd and 23rd April 2021 respectively. The matters listed from 22nd April 2021 to 30th April 2021 which are urgent will be listed on the dates already fixed. Remaining orders may be adjourned by the registry to such dates after 2nd may 2021, in such a way that on any day there may not be more than 15 matters for final hearing after giving advance notice of two weeks. In addition to the urgent matters, the matters in which dates shall be given by the Hon'ble president will also be listed.