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Kerala HC Disallows Appointment Of PH Kurien As RERA Chairman

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Kerala HC issues order to not appoint PH Kurien as chairman or member of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) since he was in its selection committee 

The Kerala high court has ordered the state government not to appoint PH Kurien, former secretary of housing department, as chairman or member of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), if he was in the selection committee for making the appointments.

Justice Shaji P Chaly issued the order after considering a petition filed by advocate H Josh of Thirumala in Thiruvananthapuram.

The court further said the government would be at liberty to constitute an appropriate selection committee and go ahead with constitution of the members of RERA. As per the interim order, the court’s directive will be in force for two months.

It was alleged by the petitioner that PH Kurien, while holding the post of secretary of department of housing, was one of the two members of the selection committee for appointing the chairman and members of RERA.

He himself had applied for selection to the posts of chairman as well as member of RERA and left his post three days after the statutory period within which the interview was to be conducted.

The timeframe stipulated in the rules were ignored to facilitate such duplicitous actions on the part of the committee members, which consisted of secretaries of the departments of housing and law, the petition had stated.

The petition further said the government is now taking hasty steps to make the appointments to the posts of RERA chairman and members, bypassing the statutory provisions governing the selection under Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 as well as Kerala Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules 2018.

Source: ET Realty
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