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SC sets up interim search and selection panel for tribunal members

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday said that search and selection of the judicial and non-judicial members of all the tribunals, for now, would be made by an interim committee till it decides challenges to new regime vesting powers in the

A bench of Dipak Misra, Justice and Justice

said that the interim 'Search-cum-Selection Committee' would work till it decided the plea challenging the provision of the Finance Act 2017-2018, that vested the power of the search and selection of members and their tenure in the

The interim panel would have of or his nominee as its Chairman, and Chairman, Central Administrative and two Secretaries nominated by the as its members.

The appointment to the post of shall be made by the of

The court order came after told the court that he had no objection to the interim arrangement.

Under the earlier regime, the members of the were appointed by the committee comprising the nominee of the of India, two Secretaries to the and the of the concerned to which appointments were sought to be made.

The petitioners have questioned whether such a provision vesting in the the powers to merge the tribunals and appoint their members thereby taking away the say of the of could be brought by way of Finance Bill. They also contended that the provision the has brought through the 2017 Finance Act were violative of the doctrine of the separation of powers and the principles of independence of judiciary.

After the got the power to appoint members of the tribunals and merge them, it merged eight tribunals, reducing their strength from 26 to 19.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 21:32 IST