In a significant judgment, the Orissa high court has ordered the state government to enable the Odisha Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (Oreat) to function within 15 days in the interest of litigants. The court further cautioned that suo motu contempt proceedings would be initiated if it failed to do so. The Oreat was formed to deal with the complaints of builders and homebuyers alike on February 2, 2019. Justice (retired) S C Parija was appointed as its chairman under the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) Act, 2016. But the Oreat was yet to start operating.