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Govt creating problem by not filing vacancies in APTEL: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the government for "creating problem" by not appointing members in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) and sought to know by when these appointments would be made.

The apex court's observation came during the hearing of a plea relating to electricity tariff and was informed that presently only one bench of the APTEL was functional due to these vacancies.

"You are creating a problem for us by not appointing members at the designated posts in the tribunal. Now APTEL has only one bench," a vacation bench of Justices A M Sapre and S K Kaul said. "Tribunals are created for expediting the adjudication. Tribunals are created but members are not there," the bench told Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P S Narasimha.

APTEL was set up to hear appeals or original petitions against orders of the adjudicating officer or the central regulatory commission or state regulatory commissions or joint commissions constituted under the Electricity Act.
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