Justice M. Karpaga Vinayagam has been appointed as Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity on 07-11-2008 for three years from the date of his assuming office.Constituted under the Electricity Act of 2003, the tribunal hears appeals, review/revision/execution petitions, and interim applications against tariff and other orders of the Regulatory Commissions, totalling 24, including the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Joint Commission. The tribunal jurisdiction extends to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. It will also hear appeals arising from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board’s decisions.
Justice M. Karpaga Vinayagam (62) was a judge of the Madras High Court for about a decade before he was elevated Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court in September 2006. Since he retired in May 2008, he has been practising in the Supreme Court as senior advocate.
By virtue of Section 110 of The Electricity Act, 2003 (Central Act 36 of 2003) (hither after referred as the Act), an Appellate Tribunal for Electricity having jurisdiction throughout India has been set up to hear appeals or original petitions against the orders of the Adjudicating officer or The Central Regulatory Commission or State Regulatory Commission or Joint Commission constituted under Section 76(i) or 82 or 83 of the Act. The Tribunal is conferred with original jurisdiction to hear petitions under Section 121 of the Act and issue directions to any Appropriate Commission for the performance of its statutory functions. This Tribunal has been established by the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India w.e.f. 7th April, 2004 notified vide S.O. 478 (E). This Tribunal shall ordinarily sit at Delhi.
The Appellate Tribunal shall consist of a Chairperson and three other Members. Every Bench constituted by the Chairperson shall consist of at least one Judicial Member and one Technical Member.
The first Chairperson of the Tribunal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anil Dev Singh assumed office on 13th May, 2005. The three other Members of the Tribunal are Hon’ble Mr. Justice E. Padmanabhan, Judicial Member,Hon’ble Mr. A.A. Khan,Technical Member and Hon'ble Mr. H.L. Bajaj, Technical Member.The Members also assumed office on 13th May 2005. The Appellate Tribunal commenced functioning and hearing Appeals etc. from 21st July, 2005 as per notification issued by Ministry of Power on 19.07.2005.
The Tribunal is presently located at 7th floor, Core – 4, SCOPE Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003. The Registry of the Tribunal remains open on all working days. The time for filing of cases is between 10.30 A.M and 3.00 P.M.