SC says entire CAT tribunal has collapsed

One-liner: The SC on Friday took serious note of huge vacancies in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and said the entire tribunal has collapsed.

Affidavit: The Centre in its affidavit has said that benches that have vacancies are functioning via physical/hybrid mode by joining members from other benches.

  • A bench said that if the remaining 27 members of the tribunals out of the total sanctioned strength of 69 also retire, then it would further collapse

Fill vacancies: It said this arrangement is being made till the next date of listing of the matter by which date it is being anticipated the vacancies are filled.

Counter-affidavit: The counter-affidavit demonstrates most CAT benches have substantial vacancies and the constitution of regular benches for hearing petitions would be a difficult exercise.

Non-functional: On May 6, the top court had taken serious note of the fact that six circuit benches of the CAT have become virtually non-functional due to the retirement of judicial members.

Bottom line: It added that if the said situation continues for a couple of more months, more benches of CAT will become non-functional.

Source: PTI

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