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Justice Arun Bhaurao Chaudhuri appointed as head of Punjab-REAT
ET Realty  |  June 14, 2019

Sanjeev Verma Chandigarh

Punjab government has appointed Justice Arun Bhaurao Chaudhuri, retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, as chairperson of two important tribunals —- the state Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (Reat) as well as the state education tribunal.

 

The appointment was cleared by chief minister Amarinder Singh after Justice Chaudhuri’s name was cleared by Punjab and Haryana high court Chief Justice Krishan Murari. The post had been lying vacant after Justice Rajive Bhalla (retd) completed his tenure as chairperson of both these tribunals on March 2. The tenure of the chairperson of both these tribunals is of three years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

 

Justice Chaudhari had taken over as judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court in April 2016 till he superannuated in April 2019. He was elevated as judge of the Bombay high court in September 2006 and came to the Punjab and Haryana high court in April 2016 on transfer from the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court.

 

Punjab government also cleared the appointment of Justice M M S Bedi &ndash retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court &ndash as chairperson of the Punjab Value Added Tax (VAT) Tribunal last week. This post was lying vacant after Justice A N Jindal (retd) completed his term in October 2017. The term of VAT tribunal’s chairperson is of three years or till he attains the age of 67 years, whichever is earlier. Justice Bedi remained the high court judge from April 2006 to October 2018. He had initially joined the Punjab judicial service and was district and sessions judge in Chandigarh before his elevation to the high court.

 

Appointment of the Reat chairperson assumes significance since the tribunal is under a statutory obligation to dispose of appeal in a time-bound manner within a period of 60 days. Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, was enacted with a view to reform the real estate sector, encouraging greater transparency and accountability in real estate sector. Appeals against the decision of the real estate regulatory authority (Rera) are heard by the Reat.

 

The education tribunal hears cases pertaining to disputes between the management committees and the employees of affiliated private aided and unaided colleges and privately managed recognized schools. There are over 3,600 private colleges and technical institutes across Punjab, and over 8,600 private recognized schools.