Clubbing of consumer cases necessary for quick trial: Judge

January 24th, 2009 - 9:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 24 (IANS) In order to make the working of various consumer forums throughout the country faster and more streamlined, the consumer redressal commission is introducing a system of clubbing similar cases, a member of the judiciary said here Saturday. “Although we try for an early disposal of cases coming to various consumer forums but still the number of pending cases is very huge. To address this problem we are introducing a system of clubbing of cases,” said Justice Ashok Bhan, president of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

“The verdict announced for one case in a particular category will be applicable for all other cases of that category. This will save precious time and make the trial process quicker,” said Bhan, a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

Bhan was in Chandigarh Saturday to inaugurate the second bench of the Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission here.

“Some of the appeals and complaints are piled up in the courts for over five years. There is immense workload and we are also short of staff. Moreover working in a consumer forum is also not a lucrative job. So there is need for some changes and gradually things will certainly improve,” Bhan said.

Bhan said that the creation of the second Punjab bench was needed in order to give speedy justice to consumers.

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