NCLAT Bench at Chennai – The Road travelled. It was on 15th of June 2019, at a Seminar in Chennai, the then Chairperson of NCLAT, Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya informed the gathering that His Lordship has recommended for a Permanent Bench (Southern Bench) of NCLAT to be constituted at Chennai.

NCLAT Bench at Chennai – The Road travelled.
It was on 15th of June 2019, at a Seminar in Chennai, the then Chairperson of NCLAT, Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya informed the gathering that His Lordship has recommended for a Permanent Bench (Southern Bench) of NCLAT to be constituted at Chennai.
But later on sailing was not so smooth since attempts were made from Bar Associations and People’s Representatives to have the Bench at Banglore or Hyderabad. Sensing that the Madras Bar Association, represented by President, Mr. Ar L Sundaresan and MHAA, represented by Mr. Mohanakrishnan sent representations urging in behalf of the Bar to have the Bench at Chennai.
After great difficulty, the then Chairperson of NCLAT at Delhi reiterated the recommendation and that is how Chennai bench of NCLAT became a reality by notification of the Central Government constituting the Bench from 18.03.2020.
At this juncture, we the practitioners before NCLAT thank Justice SJ Mukhopadaya for being instrumental in establishing the Chennai Bench of NCLAT. Our gratitude and thanks to The Advocate General, Sri. Vijaynarayanan, Addl AG- Sri. Arvind Pandian for persuading the State Govt to allocate a Prime area at Chennai to House the NCLAT premises. We have been alloted the sixth floor at Ezhilagam Annexe at Beach Road. Thanks to Senior Counsel, Mr. Om Prakash for organizing Seminars which also put us on the lime light in the absence of a bar Association for nclt and coordinating with the Bars with the representations to the Centre. 🙏

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