The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday disposed of a petition filed by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana challenging the Punjab Rent Act amendment.
The petition was disposed of after the Punjab government took back the amendment and vested powers of rent controllers and appellate authorities back with judicial officers.
The Bar council had moved the high court, challenging the amendment introduced by the state government in the Rent Act and had vested powers of rent controllers and appellate authorities with executive officers.
The state government, through a notification issued by the state government on November 12 last year, transferred the powers of rent controllers and appellate authorities from judicial officers to executive officers.
Haryana had done it too
The Haryana government, in 1973, had appointed subdivisional officers as rent controllers and deputy commissioners as appellate authority. But after statewide protests, the state government, in 1978, superseded the earlier notification and appointed all subordinate judges as rent controllers.