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Centre announces CAT benches in Jammu, Srinagar

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Srinagar: Government of India on Thursday specified Jammu and Srinagar as the places at which the Benches of the Central Administrative Tribunal shall ordinarily sit for the J&K and Ladakh, reports said.

The notification was issued by the Ministry Of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (7) of section 5 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 (13 of 1985), reports said.

The notification comes around ten days after J&K high court had sought “competent authority’s” view on suggestion for having one CAT bench each at Jammu and Srinagar.

Hearing separate petitions, a division bench of Justices Rajesh Bindal and Sanjay Dhar had asked Vishal Sharma, Assistant Solicitor General of India, to seek instructions from the “competent authority” about the suggestion made by Abhinav Sharma, president Jammu Bar Association, about one bench each at Jammu and Srinagar.

Abhinav Sharma  had submitted that considering that on an average 25-30 cases are filed daily before both the benches of the High Court pertaining to service matters, one bench in Jammu and Kashmir may not be sufficient. “There should be at least be one bench each at Jammu and Srinagar, to start with,” he said

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