SC rues delay in filling of vacancies in client our bodies

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed anguish over the delay in filling of vacancies in district and state-level client our bodies and mentioned it’s not a contented state of affairs that the judiciary is named upon to look into the difficulty.

“If the government does not want the tribunals then abolish the Act. We are stretching our jurisdictions to see the vacancies are filled. It’s unfortunate that the judiciary is called upon to look into this issue…This is not a very happy situation,” mentioned a bench of Justices S Ok Kaul and M M Sundresh.

The courtroom was listening to a suo motu case on the delay in appointment of president and members of Districts Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum and State Consumer Redressal Commissions and their lack of satisfactory infrastructure.

On August 11, the courtroom had directed that the vacancies be crammed up in eight weeks’ time. On Friday, Senior Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan submitted that the Centre had introduced within the Tribunals Reforms Act with provisions much like these struck down by the apex courtroom in a verdict within the Madras Bar Association case.

The SC had, in a 2:1 judgement in that case, struck down sure provisions of the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021 which prescribed 50 years because the minimal age for appointment as Chairperson or Members and stuck 4 years as their tenure, citing the necessity to guarantee impartiality and independence of judiciary. Following this, the federal government introduced within the Tribunal Reforms Act.

Sankaranarayanan additionally identified that the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had, in a current order, quashed a number of the provisions of the Consumer Protection Rules, 2020, pertaining to the appointment of president and members to State and District Consumer our bodies.


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