The Supreme Court on Wednesday warned that it would impose costs of Rs 1 lakh or Rs 2 lakh on states that fail to file status reports within a week in connection with the vacancies in the Consumer Dispute Redressal Commissions, reported Live Law.

“If this is the only language you understand, we will do it… and recover it from the officers,” the court said. “Please understand the information that you send in the format to them will facilitate them to analyse it and make a submission to us.”

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh made the observations in a suo motu case to deal with vacancies in consumer commissions across the country.

In an order passed in September, the court had clarified that the verdict of the Bombay High Court striking down the Consumer Protection Act will not impede the appointments that have been already made.

The court had asked a legislative impact assessment report to be submitted within four weeks in August. Such assessment is a process under which social, economic, environmental and institutional impacts of legislative proposals are made.

Amicus curiae Gopal Sankarnarayan had told the court that Gujarat has not filed the status report. Sankarnarayan said that Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab, Telangana and…

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