Long wait for more than 50 registered buyer associations may end tomorrow. These associations have been waiting for almost 3 months for NCDRC to pronounce its judgment on section 12(1) (b). In January and February, NCDRC had heard both sides of the story but reserved its final judgment since 9th February.
To give a brief background of the case, section 12(1)(b) allows a voluntary consumer association to file a consumer case. NCDRC was unsure if registered buyer associations qualify as a voluntary consumer association. In December last year, all the cases filed by buyer association in NCDRC were referred to a larger bench of NCDRC to debate on this aspect. The larger bench completed hearing on 9th February but reserved its order since.
Go4Reviews had last month reported that the judgment is expected by first week of May. Much to the respite of buyers, the judgment may actually be pronounced tomorrow.
We shall keep you updated on this.
Update: Judgment pronounced. Good news, Registered association of buyers can now file case at consumer courts. They have been accepted as a voluntary consumer association.Last updated: May 5, 2017 at 17:34 pm