Central administrative tribunal – Today Current Affairs
- Recently, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) launched a special drive in all the 19 benches of the tribunal to resolve the cases of applicants like senior citizens/pensioners.
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Central Administrative Tribunal:
- It was established under Article 323A of the Constitution.
- It provides for adjudication of disputes and complaints relating to the conditions of service and recruitment of persons appointed to public services and posts in relation to the affairs of other authorities under the control of the Union.
Legal Framework : The Hindu Analysis
- The Parliament passed the Administrative Tribunal Act in 1985 under Article 323A of the Constitution.
- The Act authorizes the Central Government to establish a Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and State Administrative Tribunals. Today Current Affairs
- A new path was paved by this Act with the aim of providing speedy and affordable justice to the aggrieved public servants.
- CAT was established during the prime ministership of Rajiv Gandhi.
- Benches / Benches: There are 19 benches of CAT all over India.
Purpose and Structure : The Hindu Analysis
- CAT is an expert body consisting of administrative and judicial members who are capable of dispensing speedy and effective justice on the basis of their specialized knowledge.
- A sitting or retired judge of a High Court is its chairman.
Operating Principle : The Hindu Analysis
- The Tribunal follows the principles of natural justice in deciding the cases and is not bound by the procedure prescribed by the Code of Civil Procedure.
- Under Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985, the Tribunal has been empowered to exercise the same jurisdiction and authority in respect of contempt itself as the High Court.
Freedom : The Hindu Analysis
- The conditions of service of the Chairperson and Members are the same as that of a High Court Judge as per the Administrative Tribunals (Amendment) Act, 2006.
Appeal against orders : The Hindu Analysis
- Matters relating to the orders of the CAT are challenged through a writ petition under Article 226/227 of the Constitution before the High Court in whose territorial jurisdiction the Bench of the Tribunal is situated.