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Supreme Court Rules CERC to Resume Functioning, Clear Reserved Cases

Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in a ruling today (20th Jan’21) allowed Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to resume administrative operations and pass orders on 174 reserved cases which were on hold since 28th August 2020. CERC, a key regulator of the Power Sector in India, is a statutory body functioning under sec 76 of the Electricity Act 2003.

The apex court had earlier suspended the operations of CERC because there was no sitting member of Law in the Commission. In December 2020 Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Government of India, approved the proposal for appointment of Mr. Pravas Kumar Singh, member (legal), Jharkhand SERC to the post of member (law) in the CERC. This was presented before the court, which allowed regular functioning of the Commission as soon as the new member- law takes charge of his duties.