The Center has advised the Supreme Court that it has made 84 appointments in six tribunals together with the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) and the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and no suggestions of the Search cum Selection Committees (SCSC) are pending with it at the moment.
The assertions made by the Center in its affidavit filed on September 14 assume significance in view of the truth that the Supreme Court at the moment expressed robust displeasure over non-filling of vacancies on the tribunals and “cherry selecting” of names in among the appointments made just lately after being nudged.
A particular bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana requested the Center to replenish vacancies within the subsequent two weeks.
The affidavit, filed by way of Mr Arvind Saran, Director of Revenue, mentioned, “As on date, the Central authorities has acted upon all of the suggestions made by the SCSC and appointment orders have been issued.”
The Center additionally gave the chart giving the small print of appointments made within the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, National Company Law Tribunal, Telecom Disputes and Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) and Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT).
“In all, a complete of 84 appointments had been made to varied tribunals in the course of the years 2020 and 2021,” the affidavit mentioned.
The affidavit first referred to the suggestions and appointments made within the National Company Law Tribunal by the Centre.
The Search cum Selection Committees advisable 11 Judicial members and 10 technical members and the Center has appointed eight judicial members and 10 technical members, it mentioned.
So far because the Telecom Disputes and Settlement Appellate Tribunal is anxious, the Search cum Selection Committee made suggestions in opposition to two vacancies and the Center appointed one member, it mentioned.
In the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, the committee advisable names of 16 judicial and 12 accountant members and the Center has appointed six judicial and 7 accountant members, it added.
In the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, the Search cum Selection Committee has advisable 4 judicial and two technical members and out of them, two judicial and two technical members have been appointed, the affidavit mentioned.
Likewise within the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, one technical member, as advisable by the committee, has been appointed, the affidavit mentioned, including that within the Armed Forces Tribunal, the Center appointed six judicial members and 5 administrative members had been appointed earlier.
For the remaining vacancies, the affidavit mentioned that the committees must make recent suggestions.
As per the August 5 knowledge of the Supreme Court, there have been 19 vacant posts of presiding officers adopted by 110 and 111 unfilled positions of judicial and technical members respectively in fifteen varieties of quasi-judicial our bodies, starting from Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) to National Company Law Tribunals within the nation.
As per the data, in Debt Recovery Tribunals, which had been set as much as get well unhealthy loans of banks, there are 15 posts of presiding officers vacant within the nation and its appellate physique, Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT), doesn’t have the Chairperson in Calcutta department.
The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has one vacant publish for a technical member, it had mentioned, including the Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property (ATFP) doesn’t have the chairperson and one technical member.