Published On: February 21, 2022 at 16:17 IST
The Cabinet Appointments Committee approved the Department of Financial Services proposal to appoint Presiding Officers to 18 Debt Recovery Tribunals on Sunday.
The Central Government approved the appointment of chairpersons to the five Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals last week (DRATs).
This came a day after the Supreme Court expressed its displeasure, claiming that the bureaucracy was taking tribunal appointments lightly. The Supreme Court had repeatedly summoned the Central Government due to the alarming situation of burgeoning vacancies at several DRTs and DRATs.
The Kerala High Court noted earlier this month that both DRTs in the state had been inactive for several months, preventing litigants from accessing courts and causing them great distress Regardless, the Central Government has shown scant regard for the litigants’ hardships, according to the High Court.
This position is for four years, or until the age of 70, with a salary range of Rs 1,44,200-2,18,200. Following person have been appointed:
1. DRT Jabalpur
Ram Niwas Patel, Retired District Judge (Madhya Pradesh Judicial Service)
2. DRT Hyderabad-1
Gummadi Gopichand, Retired District Judge (Andhra Pradesh Judicial Service)
3. DRT Chennai-1
A.S. Jayachandra, Retired District Judge (Delhi Higher Judicial Service)
4. DRT, Chandigarh-1
Anand Sagar Narang, Retired District Judge (HCS- Judicial Branch)
5. DRT, Delhi-1
Basant Kumar Goswami, Retired District Judge (Superior Judicial Service, Jharkhand)
6. DRT, Chandigarh-2
Man Mohan Dhonchak, Retired District Judge (Judicial Department, Punjab and Haryana High Court.
7. DRT, Delhi-2
Rajesh Malhotra, District Judge (Haryana Superior Judicial Service)
8. DRT, Cuttack
Jitendra Prasad Singh, Retired District Judge (Bihar Judicial Service)
Shiv Sharan Dubey, Retired Principal and District Sessions Judge (Jharkhand Judicial Service)
10. DRT, Siliguri
Rakesh Pati Tiwari, Retired District Judge (Bihar Judicial Service)
11. DRT, Ernakulam-1
Su Willyahm, Retired District Judge (Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service)
12. DRT, Ahmedabad -1
Padam Singh Thakur, Retired District Judge (HP Higher Judicial Service)
13. DRT, Hyderabad-2
Dr. Baldev Singh, Registrar (Vigilance), High Court of Himachal Pradesh
14. DRT, Mumbai-3
Arun Kumar Singal, District Judge (Haryana Judicial Service)
15. DRT, Bengaluru-1
Imtiaz Ali, District and Sessions Judge (Assam Judicial Service)
16. DRT, Madurai
Kuldeep Kumar Kareer, Retired District Judge (Punjab Superior Judicial Service)
17. DRT, Visakhapatnam
Krishna Gopal Dwivedi, Retired District Judge (Bihar Judicial Service)
18. DRT, Ernakulam-2
Sovan Kumar Dash, Retired District Judge (Odisha Judicial Service)