Under Article 323A, parliament holds the right to establish administrative tribunals for the arbitration of disputes and complaints with respect to recruitment and conditions of assistance relating to persons appointed at public services. It also assigns connection with the affairs of the union or of any state or of any local or other authority within the territory of India or under the control of the government of India or of any corporation owned or controlled by the government.
Benches of Central Administrative Tribunal
The Principle Bench of the
Central Administrative Tribunal
is located at the capital city of India – Delhi. In addition to this, there are 17 other Regular Benches located in different states of India and 4 Circuit Benches too.
The Central Administrative Tribunal exercises jurisdiction over all the service matters concerning to
A person who is a member of any All India Service
A person who is appointed to any civil service of the union or is appointed by any civil post under the union
A civilian appointed by any defence services or is appointed by any post connected with the defence.
The members of the defence forces, officers, the secretarial staff of the Parliament and the staff of Supreme Court do not come under the jurisdiction of Central Administrative Tribunal Members of Central Administrative Tribunal
Members of Central Administrative Tribunal
The CAT consists of a Chairman, Vice – Chairman and other members. The members of CAT are appointed from Judicial and Administrative fields. The right to appoint all the members under CAT is to the President alone.
The term of service for the Chairman and Vice-Chairman is 5 years or until the age of 65 – whichever is earlier. The Chairman, Vice – Chairman or any other member of CAT can address his resignation to the President if he wishes to stop serving before the completion of 5 years.
Working Of Central Administrative Tribunal
Central Administrative Tribunal is guided by the principles of natural justice and is not bounded by the procedure laid down in the Code of Civil law. A Central Administrative Tribunal holds the same powers that are vested in a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure Civil law. A Central Administrative Tribunal holds the same powers that are vested in a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. A person can make an application to CAT either by filing a petition personally or by taking the assistance of a legal practitioner. The appeal against the orders of a tribunal is made in High Court and not in Supreme Court of Law.
Rules for Central Administrative Tribunal
The Central Administrative Tribunal holds the power to prescribe its own rules of practice for discharging its functions subject to the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 and Rules made there under.
Under Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985, the CAT has been given the power to exercise the same jurisdiction and authority in respect of contempt of itself as a High Court.
The employees of the Central Administrative Tribunal are required to discharge their duties under the general superintendence of the Chairman.
The Central Administrative Tribunal is a Growing institution with increasing responsibilities and work.
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