“What sort of appointment is this?” Supreme Court asks Centre on Tribunal appointments

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, pulling up the Centre for “cherry-picking” names for appointment to tribunals throughout the country directed the Union Government to fill the vacancies in the subsequent weeks.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, pulling up the Centre for “cherry-picking” names for appointment to tribunals throughout the country directed the Union Government to fill the vacancies in the subsequent weeks.

A unique bench, comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice L Nageswara Rao, expressed its displeasure with the way wherein the Centre lately appointed officers to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Live Law reported.

The bench determined that the Centre was selectively selecting names from the listing of guidelines furnished through the Search-cum-Selection Committees headed through sitting Supreme Court Judges. “I actually have seen the choice listing of NCLT. The choice committee encouraged 9 Judicial Members and 10 Technical Members. The appointment letters indicate cherry-selecting of 3 names from select listing and others from the waitlisting, ignoring others in select listing,” Chief Justice of India NV Ramana stated throughout the hearing, in line with Live Law.

“What sort of appointment is this?” In response, Attorney General KK Venugopal stated, “The authorities are entitled to comply with sure guidelines”. Venugopal confident the bench that the Centre might make appointments in weeks in the tribunals from the listing of men and women encouraged through the hunt and choice committee.

Around 250 posts are lying vacant in numerous key tribunals and appellate tribunals, PTI reported. The pinnacle court was hearing a take hold of petitions on the problem of vacancies in tribunals and the brand new regulation governing quasi-judicial bodies.

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