Justice (retd) Shabihul Hasnain's appointment as DERC chairman cleared by Delhi govt

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New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) The Delhi government has approved the appointment of Justice (retired) Shabihul Hasnain as the chairman of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.

The three-member electricity regulatory panel was left with only one member after Justice (retired) S S Chauhan stepped down as its chairman earlier this month after attaining the age of 65.

'Delhi government approves the appointment of Justice Shabihul Hasnain (retd) as the new Chairman of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). Providing cheap and uninterrupted power supply is one of the key priority areas for the Delhi government. My best wishes to him for a successful stint,' Kejriwal tweeted.

With the appointment of Hasnain, it is expected that announcement of Delhi's power tariff for 2021-22 would be expedited. The power tariff of the national capital for 2021-22, which is normally announced before April 1, is already delayed by over three months.

The name of Hasnain, who was a judge in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court from 2008 till January 2020, was approved by the Delhi government on the recommendation of a selection committee formed to find a suitable candidate for the post of DERC chairman, said a Delhi government statement.

Allahabad High Court's Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari had strongly recommended his name stating that Justice Husnain will be a great asset for the institution, it said.

Delhi's Power Minister Satyendar Jain expressed confidence that under Hasnain, DERC will set new milestones.

The previous chairman of DERC justice (retired) SS Chauhan was also a judge in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. PTI VIT NSD NSD NSD

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