`District forums can entertain all consumer disputes`
All district forums in the capital have the territorial jurisdiction to entertain consumer disputes irrespective of the residence of parties, the Delhi State Consumer Commission has said.
New Delhi: All district forums in the
capital have the territorial jurisdiction to entertain
consumer disputes irrespective of the residence of parties,
the Delhi State Consumer Commission has said.
"The demarcation of the areas according to the police
stations is only for the sake of administrative convenience
and not for divesting the district forums to entertain the
complaint against the complainant residing in an area not
falling within jurisdiction of particular police station," the
Commission bench comprising Members M L Sahni and Salma Noor,
The Commission passed the order on a petition of
Swaranjeet Singh challenging the territorial jurisdiction of a
district consumer forum to entertain the case of the
"Since Delhi happens to be one district and every
district forum has territorial jurisdiction over every
consumer dispute and if such forum takes any final decision in
the matter irrespective of having no administrative
territorial jurisdiction, the order cannot be set aside being
vitiated," it said while dismissing his appeal.
Singh had approached the State Commission with the
plea that the complaint filed by the complainant, Anil Kumar
Dixit, is not maintainable on the point of jurisdiction.
Singh had contended that the dispute falls within the
jurisdiction of district forum X (South) whereas the complaint
was filed before district forum VI (New Delhi).