The Supreme Court asked the Center to complete the appointment of 4 judicial members to the Railway Claims Tribunal. India news

New Delhi: Expressing concern over the delay in appointment to various tribunals, the Supreme Court has directed the Center to immediately complete the appointment of four judicial members to the Railway Claims Tribunal, as approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, however, said that the tenure of such members would be subject to the outcome of a petition pending on the issue.
The apex court was hearing a petition filed by the Bar Association, Railway Claims Tribunal, Jaipur, seeking appointment to the vacant posts of judicial members of the tribunal.
The top court noted that on April 27, 2020, the Center had submitted that the process of appointment of 17 members to the tribunal would be completed within 15 days.
The technical members were appointed on June 15, 2020. However, the appointment of judicial members was put on hold.
When the matter came up for hearing on December 3, 2020, the Center assured the Court that the appointments to the post of judicial members would be effective soon.
Senior advocate Nikhil Nayyar, appearing for the petitioner, referred to the proceedings of October 21, 2020, by which the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for appointment of four judicial members to the Tribunal.
He argued that there is no reason not to appoint the persons whose appointments have been approved.
Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that the delay in appointments was because the judgment of this court has a provision of five years for the tenure while the ordinance of April 4, 2021 fixes the tenure of the members to four years.
The bench also comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat, however, said, “The appointment of four judicial members, as approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on October 21, 2020, will be done immediately. The term of such members will be subject to the result of the writ petition filed by the Madras Bar Association, which is listed for final hearing on May 31, 2021.
The case is listed for hearing two weeks later.

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