Moratorium period on loan repayment extendable by two years due to COVID-19: Centre, RBI tell SC

The apex court had earlier asked the Centre and the RBI to review the move to charge interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium period

Press Trust of India September 01, 2020 13:09:48 IST
Moratorium period on loan repayment extendable by two years due to COVID-19: Centre, RBI tell SC

New Delhi: The Centre and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the moratorium period on repayment of loans amid the COVID-19 pandemic is “extendable” by two years.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), told a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that several steps have been taken for stressed sectors and the economy has contracted by 23 percent due to the pandemic.

The bench said that it would hear on Wednesday the pleas which have raised the issue of interest being charged on instalments which have been deferred under the central bank's scheme during the moratorium period amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

The apex court had earlier asked the Centre and the RBI to review the move to charge interest on deferred EMIs during the moratorium period.

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