Gujarat REAT yet to get full-time presiding judge
Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) was hailed as a big bang reform to regulate, develop and attract investment in the real estate sector while protecting interests of home buyers.
However, more than two years after being formed the Gujarat Real Estate Appellate Tribunal — the forum where aggrieved parties (both home buyers and builders) can challenge the decision of the Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority — has been operating without a full-time judge.
In fact, the Food and Safety Tribunal judge presides over the real estate tribunal in in-charge capacity. Also, no technical member, as mandated by RERA, has been appointed to the tribunal. A PIL has been filed in this connection and the Gujarat High Court has issued notices to the state government and Registrar of the Tribunal.