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Collectorate denies land for circuit bench, writ petition in HC

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Appeal for State Commission’s circuit bench pending

Prashant Nikale

NASHIK:

The circuit bench at Nashik was sanctioned about a one-and-half year ago by Maharashtra State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (MSCDRC) at the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum (DCDRF). The circuit bench was sanctioned as the appellants from Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar had to go to Mumbai to appeal in the higher court.

The appeals made against the DCDRF are still pending as the authorities are unable to start the circuit bench as they did not have a proper place for circuit bench judges for hearing. The Forum is also short of staff to provide hands to the circuit bench. The officials suggested land in front of the Forum but the sources have said that the collectorate denied the proposal of land.

There are around 5,000 appeals which are pending from these four districts and every year about 1,000 appeals are added to the number. The State Commission has directed that the circuit bench should work on every last week of the month, but here in Nashik, the judges don’t have a place to seat. The work of circuit is pending due to a piece of land from September last year and it is said that it will continue till the commission gets land for its bench.

The office of Nagari Sanrakshan Dal or Civil Defense Force in district collectorate premises which is in front of Consumer Forum is currently vacant, as the office of the Nagari Sanrakshan Dal is shifted recently. The proposal to give the place for the circuit bench was made in Bombay High Court’s infrastructure committee. Accordingly, the state government directed the District Collector to decide the land, but collectorate has denied giving the land for the circuit bench. The person who has appealed will have to continue to spend their time and money to go to Mumbai for hearing, till the bench starts here.

Writ Petition in HC

The advocates from DCDRF including Adv Kiran Chandwadkar have filled a writ petition in Bombay High Court (HC) about their demand for land. The advocates have appealed for allotting land for the Circuit Bench of State Commission. The District Collector has been mad e party in the petition. The Collector will now have to give their submission in front of the court. The next hearing over the petition is scheduled in December.

“We have made a request that the vacant office place of Nagari Sanrakshan Dal should be granted to us to start the circuit bench of the State Commission. The Bombay High Court’s infrastructure committee gave a proposal to state government. Accordingly, the state government directed collectorate to take a decision. The decision should be in favour of the public as they are suffering due to this. We have also approached other officials in this regard.”

– Milind Sonawane, President, DCDRF, Nashik

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