Lack of quorum: Supreme Court extends CERC hearing suspension

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday said that hearings at the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) cannot happen until the regulator does not appoint a person from law as a commission member.

The apex court, in its August 28 order, had indefinitely suspended CERC hearings due to short-staff, leading to no cases being heard throughout September. The SC had then asked two of the regulator’s members to go on leave.

The apex court’s decision was in response to a plea seeking to enforce its own 2018 order which mandated a person from law to be appointed first as commission members.

CERC has already initiated the recruitment process of the person from law as one of its members. The SC will take up the matter next on October 26.

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