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ITEM NOS.13 & 62 COURT NO.1 SECTION XVII

SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
CIVIL APPEAL NO. OF 2010
(D.21216/2010)

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission ……Appellant (s)

VERSUS

National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. & Ors ……Respondent(s)

(With appln(s) for condonation of delay in filing appeal and office report)
With Civil Appeal No. of 2010 (D.21576/2010)
(With appln(s) for condonation of delay in filing appeal and office report)

Date: 26/07/2010 These Appeals were called on for hearing today.

CORAM :
HON’BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE K.S. RADHAKRISHNAN
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SWATANTER KUMAR

For Petitioner(s) :
Mr. Jaideep Gupta,Sr.Adv.
Mr. Nikhil Nayyar,Adv.
Mr. T.V.S. Raghavendra Shreyas,Adv.
Mr. Swapnil Verma,Adv.

For Respondent(s) :
UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following

ORDER

In various Courts, the statistical data indicates that, on account of delay in process serving, arrears keep on mounting. In Delhi itself, the input indicates that fifty percent of the arrears in Courts particularly in commercial cases is on account of delay in process serving. For the above reasons, the following directions, as mentioned hereinbelow, are given:

[i] In addition to the normal mode of service, service of Notice(s) may be affected by E-Mail for which the advocate(s) on-record will, at the time of filing of petition/appeal, furnish to the filing counter a soft copy of the entire petition/appeal in PDF format;

[ii] The advocate(s) on-record shall also simultaneously submit E-Mail addresses of the respondent(s) Companies/Corporation(s) to the filing counter of the Registry. This will be in addition to the hard copy of the petition/appeal;

[iii] If the Court issues notice, then, in that event alone, the Registry will send such an additional notice at the E-Mail addresses of the respondent(s) Companies/Corporation(s) via E-Mail;

[iv] The Registry will also send Notice at the E-Mail address of the advocate(s) for respondent(s) Companies/Corporation(s), who have filed caveat. Advocate(s) on-record filing caveat shall provide his/her E-Mail address for effecting service; and

[v] Within two weeks from today, Cabinet Secretariat shall also provide centralized E-Mail addresses of various Ministries/Departments/ Regulatory Authorities along with the names of the Nodal Officers, if already appointed,for the purposes of service.

Clarification:
The above facility is being extended in addition to the modes of service mentioned in the existing Supreme Court Rules. This facility, for the time being, is extended to commercial litigation and to those cases where the advocate(s) on-record seeks urgent interim reliefs.

A copy of this Order be sent to all the High Courts for necessary action.

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Delay condoned in these appeals.
The civil appeals are admitted.
Tag the appeals with Civil Appeal No.5442 of 2007.
As regards interim applications, place the matter on 2nd August 2010.

[ T.I. Rajput ]
A.R.-cum-P.S.

[ Madhu Saxena ]
Assistant Registrar

OFFICE TIMINGS
Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Sundays and Holidays Reserved for urgent & prior appointments.

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