(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Limitation Act, 1963 (36 of 1963), but subject to the specific provisions contained in this Act, the period of limitation in the case of a dispute referred to the Registrar under section 64, shall-
(a) If the dispute relates to the recovery of any sum, including interest thereon, due to a foreman from a deceased subscriber, be three years, computed from the date on which such subscriber dies or ceases to be a subscriber; or
(b) If the dispute is between a foreman and a subscriber or a past subscriber, or the nominee, heir or legal representative of a deceased subscriber, and the dispute relates to any act or omission on the part of either party to the dispute, be three years from the date on which the act or omission with reference to which the dispute arose, took place.
(2) The period of limitation in the case of any dispute other than those referred to in sub-section (1) which are required to be referred to the Registrar under section 64 shall be regulated by the provisions of the Limitation Act, 1963 (36 of 1963), as if the dispute were a suit, and the Registrar, a civil court.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-sections (1) and (2), the Registrar may admit a dispute after the expiry of the period of limitation specified therein, if the applicant satisfies the Registrar that he had sufficient cause for not referring the dispute within such period.
(1) If the Registrar is satisfied that any matter referred to him or brought to his notice is a dispute within the meaning of section 64, he shall, subject to such rules as may be prescribed, settle the dispute himself, or refer it for disposal to a person appointed by him (hereinafter in this Chapter referred to as the nominee).
(2) Where any dispute is referred under sub-section (1) for settlement of the nominee, the Registrar may, at any time for reasons to be recorded in writing, withdraw such dispute from the nominee and may settle the dispute himself, or refer it again for settlement to any other nominee appointed by him.
(1) The Registrar or the nominee hearing a dispute under section 66, shall, in addition to the powers conferred on him under that section, have the same powers as are vested in a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908), in respect of the following matters, namely:-
(a) Summoning and enforcing the attendance of persons and examining them on oath;
(b) Requiring the discovery and inspection of documents; (c) receiving evidence on affidavits;
(d) Requisitioning any public record or copies thereof from any court or office;
(e) Issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents; and
(f) Any other matter which may be prescribed.
(2) Except with the permission of the Registrar or the nominee, no party shall be represented at the hearing of a dispute by a legal practitioner.
(3) (a) If the Registrar or the nominee is satisfied that any person, whether he is a subscriber or not has acquired any interest in the property of a person who is a party to a dispute, he may order that the person who has acquired the interest in the property may be joined as a party to the dispute and any decision that may be given by the Registrar or the nominee on the dispute shall be binding on the party so joined, in the same manner as if he were an original party to the dispute.
(b) Where a dispute has been referred in the name of a wrong person, or where all the necessary parties have not been included, the Registrar or the nominee may, if he is satisfied that it was due to a genuine mistake, order any other person to be substituted or added as parties to the dispute at any stage of hearing of the dispute on such terms as he thinks just.
(c) The Registrar or the nominee may, at any stage of the proceedings, either upon or without the application of either party and on such terms as may appear to the Registrar or the nominee to be just, order that the name of any party improperly joined be struck off.
(d) Any person who is a party to the dispute and entitled to more than one relief in respect of the same cause of action may claim all or any such relief's, but if he omits to claim any such relief, he shall not be entitled to claim that relief, except with the leave of the Registrar or the nominee.
(1) Where a dispute has been referred under section 64 and the Registrar or the nominee hearing the dispute is satisfied on enquiry or otherwise that a party to such dispute, with intent to defeat or obstruct the execution of any award or the carrying out of any order that may be made,-
(a) Is about to dispose of the whole or any part of his property; or
(b) Is about to remove the whole or any part of the property from the jurisdiction of the Registrar, he may, unless adequate security is furnished, direct conditional attachment of the said property, and such attachment shall have the same effect as if it is made by competent civil court.
(2) Where the Registrar or the nominee directs the attachment of any property under sub-section (1), he shall issue a notice calling upon the person whose property is so attached to furnish such security as he thinks adequate within a specified period, and if the person fails to provide such security, the Registrar or the nominee may confirm the order, and may, after the decision in the dispute, direct the disposal of the property so attached towards the claim, if awarded.
(3) Any attachment made under this section shall not affect the rights, subsisting prior to the attachment of the property, of persons who are not parties to the dispute, or bar any person holding a decree against the person whose property is so attached from applying for the sale of the property under the attachment of such decree.
(4) The Registrar or the nominee may, in order to prevent the ends of justice being defeated, make such interlocutory order pending the award in a dispute referred to in sub-section (1) as may appear to be just and convenient.
When a dispute is referred to arbitration under this Chapter, the Registrar or the nominee, may, after giving a reasonable opportunity to the parties to the dispute to be heard, make an award on the dispute, on the expenses incurred by the parties to the dispute in connection with the proceedings and the fees and expenses payable to the Registrar or the nominee, and such an award shall not be invalid merely on the ground that it was made after the expiry of the period, if any, fixed for deciding the dispute by the Registrar, and shall, subject to appeal under section 70, be final and binding on the parties to the dispute.
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