Hundreds of litigants from Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, whose cases are pending before the Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT), are finally relieved as the tribunal has decided to hold a circuit bench in Chandigarh from this month.
The decision has come as a major relief to the litigants who used to travel from Chandigarh and other states to New Delhi for hearings of their cases before the tribunal.
The single-judge bench headed by Justice (retd) PK Bhasin has already held the bench once in Chandigarh on November 7.
The court was held in the conference room of Canara Bank in Sector 34. The next hearing of the circuit bench is on November 27 and then on December 16 subsequently.
“The circuit bench has been formed for taking up cases from Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh region. We were waiting for it for a longtime. I reside in Ludhiana and am working as a company secretary with a firm. All cases pertaining to my firm are handled by me. I used to come for hearing from Ludhiana to New Delhi every two months. It used to be very time consuming and tiring,” said Vikas Berry, a litigant.
Another litigant, Abhimanyu Chandel, who is from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, said, “It’s a good news and we are happy with the decision. Traveling from Palampur to Delhi used to be very time consuming and I had to take leave from my work for a few days to be there for the hearing but with the tribunal in Chandigarh its easier.”
Former president Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) IP Singh said, “There are more than 100 appeals pending with the appellate tribunal (DRAT) and the decision to start a circuit bench is beneficial for all. On the first hearing the bench had taken up 25 cases. We don’t have to travel to Delhi for the hearing and Delhi appellate court now brings justice at our doorstep.”
Senior advocate Anand Chhibbar said, “It is one of the best things that could have happened for the litigants of Chandigarh Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The tribunal is to come twice a month. It is justice at the doorstep.”