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Section 25 of Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996

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Section 25 of Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 deals with 'Default of a party'.

From the Act

Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, where, without showing sufficient cause,-

(a) the claimant fails to communicate his statement of claim in accordance with sub-section (1) of section 23, the arbitral tribunal shall terminate the proceedings;

(b) the respodent fails to communicate his statement of defence in accordance with sub-section (1) of section 23, the arbitral tribunal shall continue the proceedings without treating that failure in itself as an admission of the allegation of the allegation by the claimant;

(c) a party fails to appear a an oral hearing or to produce documentary evidence. the arbitral tribunal may continue the proceedings and make the arbitral award on the evidence before it.

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