‘Fake’ order brings crisis of NCLT vacancies under lens

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MUMBAI: It was a day of drama for legal professionals and parties involved with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The quasi-judicial authority that deals with corporate matters has been under pressure because of empty benches following bunching up of retirements last month. On Tuesday morning, a notification dated August 8 — purportedly issued by the tribunal’s registrar — caused a tumult in legal circles.
The order said, “There is a shortage of honourable members in National Company Law Tribunal benches that is amplified further with honourable members seeking leave on account of health and personal reasons. The situation is currently being met by honourable members taking up multiple benches through VC (video conference).”
It went on to add that only urgent matters would be taken up through VC with effect from August 10 at all NCLT benches until further orders. It…

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