We hope and trust that the appointments to NCDRC shall be made soon, said the Supreme Court while extending term of a a Member of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) for one month.
NCDRC Member Prem Narayan was due to retire on 30.8.2020 on completion of his term. He had filed a miscellaneous application in a writ petition [Kudrat Sandhu vs Union Of India] titled seeking extension of his term till the regular appointments are made. The said writ petition was disposed of by the Constitution Bench by upholding the constitutional validity of Section 184 of the Finance Act 2017, which empowers the Central Government to frame rules relating to appointment and service conditions of members of various tribunals. The court had also struck down the Rules already framed by the Central Government under Section 184, and directed the formulation of new rules. It was also directed that the appointments of members of the tribunals should be carried out as per their respective parent Acts till the Centre comes up with new rules under Section 184.
When this application came up before the bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao, the Attorney General for India submitted that the recommendations made by the Selection Committee are under consideration of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
"The finalisation of the selections and appointments of members of NCDRC does not brook further delay. We hope and trust that the appointments to NCDRC shall be made soon.", the bench, also comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat, observed while extending the term of the NCDRC member.