High court raps state government over vacant posts in Gujarat RERA, ET RealEstate

August 26, 2023

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Friday pulled up the state government for not undertaking the process to fill up vacant posts in the Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority (GujRERA).

The bench of Chief Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Aniruddha Mayee expressed its displeasure during the hearing of a PIL seeking directions for filling up the posts of members which have been vacant for a considerable time. After the government recently appointed a RERA chairperson, the HC inquired about the process for appointment of members.

On August 10, the HC granted 15 days to the state government when it was informed that a committee had been appointed to select the members.

The issue of vacancies in GujRERA and GujRERA appellate tribunal has been the subject matter of different petitions. Advocate Nipun Singhvi had filed PILs pertaining to the appointments of the members and the chairperson. When the PIL came up for the hearing on Friday, the state government sought more time. This infuriated the chief justice, who said, “Every time the matter comes up, you say the committee is seized with the matter. Is the government going to recommend names to the committee? Unless you select and supply names, what will the committee do?”

The CJ further said, “See, why do you create these tribunals, when you don’t want to continue them? You want to frustrate this Act itself. You are acting against your own interest. We will call a senior officer. This is enough.”

The HC said, “You have constituted a committee. The paperwork is complete. Your job is done. Every time, you show us the constitution of the committee. What is supposed to be done by the committee? Where are those names that are to be shortlisted by the committee? We are asking you to place the process before us.”

  • Published On Aug 26, 2023 at 08:51 AM IST

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