Section 14C in The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997

Title: Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and Members

Description: 1[14C. Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and Members.-- A person shall not be qualified for appointment as the Chairperson or a Member of the Appellate Tribunal unless he— (a) in the case of Chairperson, is, or has been, a Judge of the Supreme Court or the Chief Justice of a High Court; (b) in the case of a Member, has held the post of Secretary to the Government of India or any equivalent post in the Central Government or the State Government for a period of not less than two years or a person who is well versed in the field of technology, telecommunication, industry, commerce or administration.] 1. Subs. by s. 11, ibid., for Chapter IV (w.e.f. 24-1-2000).

Title: Term of office

Description: 1[14D. Term of office.-- The Chairperson and every other Member of the Appellate Tribunal shall hold office as such for a term not exceeding three years from the date on which he enters upon his office: Provided that no Chairperson or other Member shall hold office as such after he has attained,-- (a) in the case of Chairperson, the age of seventy years; (b) in the case of any other Member, the age of sixty-five years.] 1. Subs. by s. 11, ibid., for Chapter IV (w.e.f. 24-1-2000).

Title: Terms and conditions of service

Description: 1[14E. Terms and conditions of service.-- The salary and allowances payable to and the other terms and conditions of service of the Chairperson and other Members of the Appellate Tribunal shall be such as may be prescribed: Provided that neither the salary and allowances nor the other terms and conditions of service of the Chairperson or a Member of the Appellate Tribunal shall be varied to his disadvantage after appointment.] 1. Subs. by s. 11, ibid., for Chapter IV (w.e.f. 24-1-2000).

Title: Vacancies

Description: 1[14F. Vacancies.-- If, for reason other than temporary absence, any vacancy occurs in the office of the Chairperson or a Member of the Appellate Tribunal, the Central Government shall appoint another person in accordance with the provisions of this Act to fill the vacancy and the proceedings may be continued before the Appellate Tribunal from the stage at which the vacancy is filled.] 1. Subs. by s. 11, ibid., for Chapter IV (w.e.f. 24-1-2000).

Title: Removal and resignation

Description: 1[14G. Removal and resignation.--(1) The Central Government may remove from office, the Chairperson or any Member of the Appellate Tribunal, who— (a) has been adjudged an insolvent; or (b) has been convicted of an offence which, in the opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude; or (c) has become physically or mentally incapable of acting as the Chairperson or a Member; or (d) has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as the Chairperson or a Member; or (e) has so abused his position as to render his continuance in office prejudicial to the public interest. (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Chairperson or a Member of the Appellate Tribunal shall not be removed from his office on the ground specified in clause (d) or clause (e) of that sub-section unless the Supreme Court on a reference being made to it in this behalf by the Central Government, has, on an enquiry, held by it in accordance with such procedure as it may specify in this behalf, reported that the Chairperson or a Member ought on such ground or grounds to be removed. (3) The Central Government may suspend from office, the Chairperson or a Member of the Appellate Tribunal in respect of whom a reference has been made to the Supreme Court under sub-section (2), until the Central Government has passed an order on receipt of the report of the Supreme Court on such reference.] 1. Subs. by s. 11, ibid., for Chapter IV (w.e.f. 24-1-2000).

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