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Serious consequences if tribunals’ vacancies not filled: SC to govt | India News

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NEW DELHI: Centre’s inaction in not making appointments in tribunals making them virtually defunct came again under severe criticism from the Supreme Court which said that the government was not heeding its advice and warned it of serious consequences if the quasi judicial bodies remain non-functional.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh on the last two hearings expressed concern that FEMA Appellate Tribunal was non-functional for the last two years and it resulted in aggrieved parties approaching HC which have to adjudicate the cases which should have been dealt with by the tribunal.
The bench took strong objection to the government’s counsel repeatedly seeking adjournments for getting instruction on the issue despite it asking the government to take steps to fill up the vacancies and to prevent additional workload on HCs which are already overburdened. The court thereafter allowed a plea of PC Financial Services Private Limited and directed the ED to release Rs 15 crore seized by the agency in Chinese loan app fraud case.
Additional solicitor general Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the Centre, pleaded the bench not to allow release of the money as it would affect the common people. He sought time to seek instruction on appointment. The bench, however, got annoyed and said in every matter the government just seeks time and does nothing. “Do not lecture us on common people. You are hurting common people by not making appointments. You people do not heed our advice. You are not coming out with any solution. If you do not come out with a solution on the next hearing then we will pass orders in other similar cases also,” the bench told the ASG which staying the proceedings against the compan





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