A public interest litigation petition was filed before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday, seeking the appointment of a regular chairman and members to Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority.

The petitioner, Nallathambi Raj of Virudhunagar, claimed that though a chairperson was nominated to Real Estate Appellate Tribunal, a chairman and members of Real Estate Regulatory Authority were yet to be appointed. Instead, the Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, was functioning as the interim chairman for the authority, he claimed.

Under Section 3 (1) of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act no promoter shall advertise, market, book, sell or offer for sale or invite persons to purchase in any manner any plot, apartment or building in any real estate project or part of it without registering the real estate project with Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority.

A full-time chairman and members were essential for the smooth functioning of the authority. There were several developers and builders yet to register with the authority. Issue of notices to such developers and builders and complaints against them were pending as a result. Not registering with the authority would amount to both fine and imprisonment.

A division bench of Justices C.T. Selvam and A.M. Basheer Ahamed directed notice to Housing and Urban Development department and Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority. The case has been adjourned for further hearing by two weeks.

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