Govt tells SC about steps taken to fill up AFT vacancies
The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the Government to fill up the vacancies of judicial members in various Armed Force Tribunals which have come under scanner following a claim that there was a complete breakdown of the system.
After the government informed that three names have been cleared for members of AFT and four are in the pipeline, the apex court asked it to file a status report within four weeks elaborating about the filling up of 15 vacancies.
The Centre, represented by Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, also informed a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud that it has requested the Justice J S Khehar committee to consider five more names towards filling up vacancies in AFT, which has a total of 34 sanctioned posts. Last week, government had told the apex court, which had taken suo motu cognisance of the vacancies in various AFT, that the process of appointing judicial officers was going on.
Earlier, the AFT Bar Association had written to the Chief Justice seeking appointment of judicial members of AFTs, claiming that work there has almost come to a “standstill”.