SC extends tenure of NCDRC chief, members till successors appointed

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today extended the tenure of the president and other members of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), till their successors are appointed to ensure smooth judicial functioning of the apex consumer disputes body.

The Apex Court had on December 11 last year extended till March 15 the tenure of the NCDRC members and later modified the order and extended it to May 31.

The Centre had consented to the extensions on the ground that judicial work should not get affected.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud passed the order today after senior lawyer Siddharth Luthra submitted that either appointments be made in the NCDCR or the tenure of existing members and the president be extended till their successors were appointed.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, agreed with Luthra’s submission and told the court that the process to fill in the vacancies in the commission was underway. (AGENCIES)