Authority to Transfer
It is pertinent to note that power to transfer a case from one forum to another vests with the State Commission as per Section 17 (A) of Consumer Protection Act, and the State Commission has the discretion to do so or reject depending upon the facts and circumstances. State Commission may take such action either on the application by complainant or on its own. If the matter is about transferring the case from one State Commission to another, then the decision can only be made by the National Commission under Section 22 (B) of the Act. No consumer forum can transfer a case to another forum either on complainant’s request or on its own. Complainant has to apply to State Commission for transferring his complaint by giving reason, and the State Commission has the discretion to consider or reject the request.