Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 5
The Central Government has appointed seven new members to the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), giving a partial fillip to the big variety of posts of members mendacity vacant within the Tribunal, owing to which some benches had change into non-functional.
The transfer comes when new guidelines notified by the Central Government for the appointment of AFT members had been underneath problem earlier than the Punjab and Haryana High Court as they violated sure provisions contained within the AFT Act and likewise prejudiced the independence of the tribunals.
The contemporary appointments, nevertheless, have been made underneath provisions of the previous guidelines, sources stated.
These embody two judicial members — Justice UC Srivastava for the Lucknow Bench and Justice PS Teji for the Jaipur Bench. Justice Srivastava has served on the Allahabad High Court whereas Justice Teji has served with the Delhi High Court.
The administrative members embody two former prime officers, every from the Army and the Navy, and one from the Air Force. The Army officers are former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command, Lt Gen PM Hariz for the Principal Bench at New Delhi and former General Officer Commanding, 12 Corps, Lt Gen Bobby Mathews for the Jaipur Bench.
Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, will transfer to the Chandigarh Bench, whereas Vice Admiral AR Karve, former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command can be head to the Lucknow Bench. Air Marshal SRK Nair, former Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the IAF’s Training Command, will take up the publish on the Tribunal’s Kochi Bench.
The AFT’s mandate is jurisprudence over issues associated to the fee, appointments, enrolments and circumstances of service in respect of individuals topic to the Army Act, the Navy Act, and the Air Force Act, and listen to appeals arising out of orders, findings or sentences of courts-martial and disciplinary proceedings.
The Tribunal has eight benches positioned throughout India that comprise 17 courts. Each court docket has an administrative member, who ought to have served as a choose of a excessive court docket, and an administrative member, who’s a senior retired defence officer.
With many posts mendacity vacant, the Supreme Court had not too long ago stayed the retirement of some members in order that work of the Tribunal doesn’t shut down. Members from purposeful benches additionally used to go on momentary responsibility to different benches to listen to circumstances filed there.