Center should make appointments in tribunals within 2 weeks: Supreme Court

New Delhi, 15 September (Agency)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Center to make appointments within two weeks to tribunals where there is acute shortage of presiding officers as well as judicial and technical members. The court also asked the Center to give reasons if the persons included in the recommended list are not included. A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrachud expressed displeasure over the non-filling of vacancies in quasi-judicial bodies across the country and said it was a “pathetic” situation and the litigants “cannot be left in limbo”. Attorney General KK Venugopal assured the bench that the Center would make appointments to the tribunals in two weeks from the list of persons recommended by the search and selection committee. Around 250 posts are vacant in various Principal Tribunals and Appellate Tribunals. The top court was hearing petitions related to vacancies in tribunals and a matter related to the new law governing quasi-judicial bodies.

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