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SC restores appointment rules of tribunal members, for now

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday said that appointments to all the tribunals, for now, would be made as per the earlier rules with its distinct say in such appointments which are essentially judicial in nature.

A bench of Dipak Misra, Justice and Justice said that the interim arrangement would remain in force till it decided the plea challenging the provision of the Finance Act, 2017-2018, that vested the power of the appointment of tribunal members and their tenure in the

Under the earlier regime, the members of the tribunal were appointed by the committee comprising the nominee of the of India, two secretaries of the and the of the concerned tribunal 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.

The petitioners have also contended that the provision the government 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 government got power to appoint members of the tribunals and their mergers, it merged eight tribunals which now stand at 19. Earlier the number of tribunals were 26.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 13:54 IST