Supreme Court (SC) division bench of Justices Mr. T.S. Thakur and Mr. J.S. Khehar has issued a historic “Contempt” notice today against Mr. H.D. Nautiyal, Registrar of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), highest consumer court in the country, in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by PBT. This unprecedented “Contempt” case stems from the fact that despite a previous Apex Court direction, NCDRC ignored to frame new rules and guidelines for allowing non-advocates and NGOs to represent in consumer courts the alleged victims of consumer misdeeds including victims of “medical negligence”. The “Contempt” notice issued today against the National Consumer Forum (NCDRC) for deliberately avoiding to address the legitimate concerns of the medical and other victims, many of whom are unable to fight for justice due to high expenses of litigation and others may fall prey to unscrupulous lawyers, sends a strong signal not only to NCDRC but also to the numerous district and state consumer courts across India. Mr. M.N. Krishnamani, Sr. Advocate and president of the SC Bar, appeared on behalf of PBT to argue the case today. A full copy of the “Contempt” petition is also attached below.
Historic PIL By PBT: SC Issues “Contempt” Notice Against National Consumer Forum (NCDRC)
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