Consumer Protection Regulations, 2005
16. Appearance of Voluntary Consumer Organisations.-
1. Recognised Consumer Organisations have a right of audience before the Consumer Forum
2. An authorisation of a Voluntary Consumer Organisation may be by way of special power of attorney executed on a non-judicial paper or even on plain paper duly attested by a Gazetted Officer or a Notary Public.
3. The Power of Attorney holder shall be entitled to engage a counsel, if authorised to do so.
4. A Voluntary Consumer Organisation can engage a counsel or an advocate of its choice or it can itself represent through one of its office bearers as per the rules governing it.
5. In case of a complaint where the Voluntary Consumer Organisation is a complainant along with the consumer himself and the dispute affects the complainant individually, he can withdraw the complaint:
Provided that if the issue involves unfair trade practice or restrictive trade practice a Voluntary Consumer Organisation may continue to proceed with the complaint even if the complainant wishes to withdraw the same.
6. A Consumer Forum has to guard itself from touts and busybodies in the garb of power of attorney holders or authorised agents in the proceedings before it.
7. While a Consumer Forum may permit an authorised agent to appear before it, but authorised agent shall not be one who has used this as a profession:
PROVIDED that this sub-regulation shall not apply in case of advocates
8. An authorised agent may be debarred from appearing before a Consumer Forum if he is found guilty of misconduct or any other malpractice at any time.