Opposite party has 30 days to file response under Consumer Act: SC

The Supreme Court of India clarified that the written statement by an opposing party in a consumer dispute matter shall be filed within a period of 30 days from the date of receipt of the copy of the complaint with an option for an extension granted by the consumer court that should not exceed 15 days.

The Court said that the legislative intent is not to give 90 days of time as prescribed in Order 8 Rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Code, but only maximum 45 days for filing the version of the opposing party.

“The District Forum can grant a further period of 15 days to the opposite party for filing his version or reply and not beyond that”, a Large Bench of the Court clarified.

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