15 Sep 2021 8:11 AM GMT
The Supreme Court on Wednesday took objection to how the Central government has affected appointments to tribunals.At the outset, CJ N . V . Ramana raised the issue of the premature retirement of Justice A. I. S. Cheema as NCLAT chairman- "The department has hurriedly on 11th of September made arrangements and he has been replaced by another gentleman, Justice M. Venugopal. I don't know how...
The Supreme Court on Wednesday took objection to how the Central government has affected appointments to tribunals.
"With respect, I think we are very much unhappy with the way the issues are going on and how the decisions are taken. I want to tell you one thing – I am also one of the persons who was part of the selection committee for NCLT. We have interviewed 534 candidates for judicial posts and 425 for technical posts. Out of that, 11 judicial members and 10 technical members were selected. We are taking into consideration all inputs and making recommendations in order of merit for appointing judicial and technical members in NCLT. Out of these 11 selected judicial members, they selected only 4. They went to the waitlist and chose 3 in the waitlist. Same with the technical members also. We travelled across the country, the corporate affairs secretary and law secretary were there. Another judge, Justice Surya Kant, was there. This is a waste of time for us then. We spent a lot of time. During Covid, your government requested us to conduct interviews as early as possible. So we did so over two days via video conferencing!"
"Imagine a litigant coming from Jabalpur to Lucknow! Is he supposed to get a new lawyer or take his own lawyer from Jabalpur to Lucknow? Likewise Chhattisgarh! And the Kerala High Court has quashed a similar notification transferring jurisdiction from Kerala to Bangalore! That has now countrywide application. It is not just confined to Kerala. Of 23rd March 2021 is the Kerala High Court judgement which lays down the law! There is no challenge to it. Six months have gone by. So how can people be left in the lurch? When they go to the High Court, no court interferes under 226! They ask the person to follow their remedy under SARFAESI"
Case Titles: State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh vs UOI, Amit Sahni vs UOI, Amarjit Singh Bedi vs UOI, Delhi Bar Association vs UOI, Advocates Association Bengaluru v. Rajeev Gauba & Ors.
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