SC issues notice to two NCDRC members seeking an explanation for issuing non-bailable warrants despite the SC’s protection order

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In a recent order, the Supreme Court (SC) of India issued a show-cause notice to two members of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) seeking explanation from them for issuing non-bailable warrants against the Directors of M/s Ireo Realtech Pvt. Ltd. (appellant company) despite the SC’s order. Earlier on March 01, the SC passed an interim order directing not to take any coercive steps against the Directors of the appellant company. The bench constituting Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah noted that despite the top court’s protective orders, the NCDRC issued non-bailable warrants; therefore, the bench issued a show cause notice and listed the matter for hearing on April 24, 2024. 

The SC order reads, “Having regard to the submissions made that despite an order passed by this Court directing that no coercive steps shall be taken against the Directors of the appellant-Company, the NCDRC has proceeded to issue Non-Bailable warrants against them, it is deemed appropriate to issue notice to the Presiding Member and the Member of the NCDRC, calling upon them to explain how the order was passed on 02 April 2024. Reply to the notice to show cause shall be filed within one week (from April 15, 2024). A copy of this order shall be despatched to the NCDRC forthwith.” Further, the bench ordered to list the matter on April 24 for the hearing.