Plea challenging Consumer Protection Rules, 2020 filed in Bombay HC

A petition has been filed before the Bombay High Court (Nagpur Bench) challenging the validity of the Consumer Protection Rules, 2020. The rules are regarding the appointment of the President and other members to the state and district consumer dispute redressal Commission.

The court has directed the Centre and the Maharshtra state government to respond the the petition.

The petition was filed by a lawyer,Dr. Mahindra Limaye, practising at Nagpur.

It provide for a select committee which is a panel consisting of Chief Justice of the High Court, as well as Member Secretary of the Medical Education Department who has been nominated by the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of the Consumer Affair Ministry.

The petitioner also contended that there should also be a personal interview round with written examination.

In the act of 2020, the requirement of written examination was removed.

The petitioner also stated that, “The tribunals no doubt will have retired District Judges, High Court Judges as the Presiding Officers but will have members of special standard, the Rules 2020 has widened the eligibility of the appointment of the member, who would otherwise have no judicial or legal experience”.

It was contended that the pending cases are over 75,000, and the person of legal background must be given preference for the appointment.

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