Bombay HC slams Union government over DRT’s shut down

The Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) office has been non-functional since a fire broke out last month

Bombay HC slams Union government over DRT’s shut down

“Is the Finance Minister sleeping?” asked Bombay High Court to the Central government expressing its displeasure over the non-functioning of Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT). 

Since a month, no work has been carried out in Mumbai’s DRT office. DRT tackles issues related to DRT banks, financial institutions, and loan recovery from customers.

DRT is located at Ballard Estate’s Scindia House Building in South Mumbai. However, after a fire broke out on June 2, DRT has been shut since then. DRT Bar Association had filed a petition asking the union government to allot a different location for the tribunal’s office. 

The petition was heard by a bench consisting of Justice AS Oka and Justice Riyaz Chagla. The bench asked the central government whether it has identified an alternate location for the tribunal.  

Disappointed with the government’s approach, Bombay HC said that the government should work towards solving this problem. “In the financial capital of India, the DRT is non-functional. Is the Finance Minister sleeping?” asked Justice Oka.

Next hearing for the matter has been scheduled for July 25 and the court has directed the government to find an alternate location for DRT so that it can function. 

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