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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Developments on the Armed Forces Tribunal and also the overall concept of Tribunalisation

Some positive developments on the tribunalisation front.

The Government, it seems, is finally making concrete moves to place all tribunals under the nodal control of the Department of Legal Affairs under the Ministry of Law & Justice. Rationalisation and merger of various tribunals is also being considered. The process to rationalize 36 tribunals and reduce the number to 18 is going to be effectuated in three phases.

More on this has been reported by The Tribune here.

The Armed Forces Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2012, is also under consideration of the Rajya Sabha for the current session. The Bill confers the powers of civil contempt on the AFT, besides rationalizing the tenure and retirement ages of Members and abrogating the system of reappointment to ensure independence.


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