7. (1) Every appeal preferred under the section 15 shall be in the form of a memorandum and be presented by the appellant or his authorised agent to the State Commission in person or be sent by registered post addressed to the Commission.
(2) Every memorandum filed under sub-rule (1) shall set forth concisely under distinct heads, the grounds of appeal and shall be numbered consecutively.
(3) Each memorandum shall be accompanied by a certified copy of the order of the District Forum appealed against and such of the documents as may be required to support the grounds urged in the memorandum.
(4) When the appeal is presented after the expiry of the period of limitation as specified in the Act, the memorandum shall be accompanied by an application supported by an affidavit setting forth the facts on which the appellant relies to satisfy the State Commission that he has sufficient cause for not preferring the appeal within the period of limitation.
(5) The appellant shall submit four copies of the memorandum to the State Commission for official purposes.
(6) On the date of hearing or any other subsequent date to which hearing may be adjourned, it shall be obligatory for the appellant or their authorised agent to appear before the State Commission. If the appellant or his authorised agent fails to appear on such date, the State Commission may, in its discretion, either dismiss the appeal or proceed to dispose it on the merits of the case. If the respondent or his authorised agent fails to appear on such date, the State Commission shall proceed and shall decide the appeal ex parte on merits of the case.
(7) The appellant shall not, except by leave of the State Commission, urge to be heard in support of any ground of objections not set forth in the memorandum but the State Commission, in deciding the appeal, shall not confine to the grounds of objections set forth in the memorandum or taken by leave of the State Commission under this rule :
Provided that the State Commission shall not rest its decision on any other grounds unless the party who may be affected thereby has been given at least an opportunity of being heard by the State Commission.
(8) State Commission may, on such terms as it may think fit and at any stage adjourn the hearing of appeal, but not more than one adjournment shall ordinarily be given and the appeal shall be decided within ninety days of the first date of hearing.
(9) The order of the State Commission on appeal shall be signed and dated by the members of the State Commission constituting the Bench and shall be communicated to the parties free of charge.