The Debts Recovery Tribunals have been established by the Government of India under an Act of Parliament (Act 51 of 1993) for expeditious adjudication and recovery of debts due to banks and financial institutions.
Where a bank or financial institution has to recover any debt from any person, it makes an application called Original Application (OA) to the Tribunal against such person.
The DRTs function under the provisions of the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 and as per the Debts Recovery Tribunal (Procedure) Rules, 1993.
The provisions of the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 shall not apply where the amount of debt due to bank or financial institution or to a consortium of banks or financial institutions is less than ten lakhs rupees or such other amount, being not less than one lakh rupees, as the Central Government may, by notification, specify.
The territorial jurisdiction of DRT No.1, Chennai comprises of 10 Districts of Tamil Nadu viz., Chennai South (falling on the South of Poonamallee High Road Across Chennai), Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Karur, Namakkal, Perambalur, Thiruvallur, Thiruvannamalai, Vellore, Villupuram, Ariyalur and Pondicherry.
The Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal for Southern Region at Chennai is the appellate authority for the DRT No. 1, Chennai
The Presiding Officer of DRT No.1 is the appellate authority for the Recovery Officers in DRT No. 1, Chennai.
The fee payable as per Rule 7 of the Debts Recovery Tribunal (Procedure) Rules, 1993 is Rs.12,000/- where an amount of debt due is Rs.10.00 lakhs, Rs.12,000 plus Rs.1000 for every one lakh of debt due or part thereof in excess of Rs.10.00 lakhs subject to a maximum of Rs.1,50,000/- where an amount of debt due is above Rs.10.00 lakhs.
The fee for Review Application is fifty per cent of the fee paid for the OA.
The fee for filing Interlocutory Application (IA) is Rs.250/-.
The fee for filing Vakalatnama is Rs.5/-.
Rs.12,000/- if the amount appealed against is less than Rs.10 lakhs.
Rs.20,000/- if the amount appealed against is Rs.10 to 30 lakhs.
Rs.30,000/- if the amount appealed against is more than 30 lakhs.
Rs.100/- per case.
Rs.5 per page.
The application shall be filed by the Applicant with the Registrar within whose jurisdiction the Applicant is functioning as a bank or financial institution as the case may be, for the time being.
Every Application filed under Rule 4 of the DRT (Procedure) Rules, 1993, shall set forth concisely under distinct heads, the grounds for such application and such grounds shall be numbered consecutively and shall be typed in double space on one side of the paper.
For actions taken under sub-section (4) of Section 13 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 by the authorised officer, an application shall lies to the Debts Recovery Tribunal - I, Chennai under section 17(1) of that Act.