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  • Frequently Asked Questions
    on
    Registry of The Debt Recovery Tribunals




    1. Is the Registry of Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) different from the Registrar of the Tribunal (DRT)?

      Yes. Registry of Debts Recovery Tribunal is the secretariat of the entire Debts Recovery Tribunal. It is like a office attached to certain top officers. Hence the Registry of the Debts Recovery Tribunal functions like attached office to the Presiding Officer of Debts Recovery Tribunal, the Registrar of the Debts Recovery Tribunal and as well as the Recovery Officers of the Debts Recovery Tribunal.

      To that extent, the Registrar is an Officer/ quasi-judicial Officer of Debts Recovery Tribunal and the Registry is attached to him for that function. Whereas the entire Registry works under the Registrar and the Registrar is head of the Department for the entire Debts Recovery Tribunal.



    2. What is the purpose of the Registry of the Debt Recovery Tribunal?

      Registry of a Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) is the office the Debts Recovery Tribunal. It is custodian of all the records of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT). It functions as Drawing and Disbursal Office (Cash and Accounts) Office of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT).

      By and large all most all receipts and all dispatches from the Debt Recovery Tribunal are effected through the Registry of the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT).

      People looking for inspecting a file, whether the case is before the Presiding Officer of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) or before the Registrar of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) or before the Recovery Officers of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) or, it is a disposed off case, will have to apply in the Registry of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) to access to the file.

      Similarly, if some one wants to get Certified Copies of any case file or proceedings, will have to apply to the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) through the Registry only. The Registry of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) processes the application and issues the Certified Copies of the records applied for.



    3. Can anything be filed in the Registry of the Debt Recovery Tribunal?

      Yes. All filings addressed to the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT), whether the case is before the Presiding Officer of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) or before the Registrar of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) or before the Recovery Officers of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT), will have to be filed in the Registry only.


    4. Can the Registry of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) refuse to accept a filing?

      Generally No. Registrar of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) does not have the powers to refuse to accept the documents or filing addressed to Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT). However in certain cases, where there is gross defect it may refuse, in which case one will have to approach the Registrar for orders.


    5. Can the Registry of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) refuse to accept an application on the ground that there are some defects in the format or the filing?

      No. Even if there are some defects in the filings, the Registry is bound to accept the same and place it before the Debt Recovery Tribunal for orders. It is for the Registrar to direct the applicant to cure the defects in such time that he may allow.


    6. Can an application be tendered in the Registry after 4:30 PM of a working day?

      No. As per the Debt Recovery Tribunal (P) Rules, the Registry of the Debt Recovery Tribunal should not accept a filing after 4.30 PM of a working day.


    7. Can an application to be filed in the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT), be handed over to the official of the Registry of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) outside the premises of the Debt Recovery Tribunal?

      No. The filing should be inside the Debt Recovery Tribunal and at the designated filing Counters only. Handing over papers to an official of the Registry outside the premises of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) does not constitute due filing in the Registry of Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT).


    8. A limitation matter has to be filed the very same day. How to file such a matter after 4.30 PM but within working hours of the Debt Recovery Tribunal if the Registry doesn’t accept it?

      The matter has to be tendered before the Presiding Officer of the Tribunal along with the reason as to why the same was not filed before 4.30 PM of the day. If the Presiding Officer is satisfied with the reasons given he can direct the Registry of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) to accept the same.


    9. Can the registry of the Debt Recovery Tribunal sit at a place other the where the Debt Recovery Tribunal is situated?

      As a general rule No. As per the RDDBFI Act, only the Presiding Officer of the Debt Recovery Tribunal can have circuit sittings at any place within the jurisdiction of the Debt Recovery Tribunal. Since the Registry of the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) is not permitted to have circuit sittings so it cannot sit anywhere other than the place where the Debt Recovery Tribunal is located. However, filings are sometimes accepted at the circuit sittings of the Presiding Officer under the signature of the Presiding Officer.



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