In its major initiative towards digitisation, NCLAT on 4th Jan, 2021 activated e-filing of appeals, applications through its portal. Earlier though NCLAT proceedings were conducted on virtual mode but the filing of appeal, application etc…was only through hard copy.
Bombay based lawyer Ms. Nicky Pokar also President of Indian Bar Association (Women’s Wing) had filed a writ petition in the last week of December 2020 before the division bench of Bombay High Court, seeking directions to NCLAT to facilitate e-filing of appeals and applications, directions was also sought to Ministry of Corporate Affairs in establishing a circuit bench of NCLAT at Mumbai. Pertinent to state the Ld. AG in 2019 had given an undertaking to Supreme Court, that the government at its practicable earliest will establish circuit benches at the seat of every jurisdictional High Court, the top court had directed the government within six months to establish the circuit benches, yet the same is awaited though more than a year has passed.
Ms. Nicky Pokar wrote a letter to NCLAT expressing her gratitude to its officials in facilitating e-filing and the letter also urged the Hon’ble Acting Chairman of NCLAT in exercise of powers under Rule 14 of NCLAT Rules, to day away with the archaic practice of filing hard copy of appeals etc…lest would entail additional cost of engaging a Delhi based lawyer and other related hassles.
Various lawyers associations across the country welcomed the facilitation of e-filing of NCLAT Appeals.