HC notice on vacancies in consumer forums

The High Court of Karnataka on Friday issued notices to the State government, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and the Karnataka State Consumers Disputes Redressal Commission in a public interest litigation demanding filling of vacancies in various consumers forums in the State.

According to petitioners Basanagouda Patil and five others, more than half of the 30 district consumer disputes redressal forums across the State were either without a president or lack stipulated number of members.

While there were no consumer forums in Ramanagar, Yadgir and Chikkaballapur districts, the post of president in the Bidar district consumer forum has been vacant for more than a year. The vacancy of two members has not been filled in the State Commission, the petitioners claimed.

The Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice B V Nagarathna adjourned the matter for further hearing.

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