‘RERAs will be toothless without judicial powers’

Several Real Estate Regulatory Authorities (RERAs) are pushing for more enforcement power, similar to what is enjoyed by consumer forums, including the authority to issue arrest warrants. At the first meeting of a new RERA implementation committee held on Thursday, there was broad consensus that the RERA Act needed to be amended to further empower them. The details would, however, only be worked out by January 22, according to those who attended the meeting.The Consumer Protection Act, 1986, allows consumer forums to assume the powers of a first class judicial magistrate for the trial of offences under the Act (Section 27.2). RERAs are asking that the RERA Act be amended to give them similar powers.The next meeting of the committee will be on January 22, when the Ministry may present a draft of proposed changes to the Act.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/reras-will-be-toothless-without-judicial-powers/article25904787.ece

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