Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996
PART I Arbitration
CHAPTER V Conduct of Arbitral Proceedings
Section 25: Default of a party.
25. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, where, without showing sufficient
(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 respondent 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 allegations by the claimant 1[and shall have the discretion to treat the right of the respondent to file such statement of defence as having been forfeited].
(c) a party fails to appear at 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.
1. Inserted by the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 (w.e.f 23.10.2015.)