Supreme Court questiones Provisions of Tribunals Reforms Bill 2021

Aishwarya Rathore

Published on: August 16, 2021 12:50 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Tribunals Reforms Bill 2021 passed by the Parliament last week for re-enacting the same provisions that were struck down by the Court in the Madras Bar Association case.

A Bench led by the CJI NV Ramana questioned the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, “Why the bill was introduced with the provisions invalidated by the Court.”

The Court observed, “Despite the directions, a few days back we have seen, the Ordinance which was struck down has been re-enacted. We are not commenting on the Parliament proceedings. At least we must know why the Government has introduced the bill despite being struck down by this Court.”

The Bench further stated that the Centre was disobeying the repeated directions issued by the Court to ensure the effective functioning of the Tribunals.

The Solicitor General (SG) said that the Attorney General of India (AGI), KK Venugopal, was appearing in matters related to Tribunals.

Therefore, the SG asked for time to consult with the AGI before making a statement.

The Bench made these observations while considering a case related to unfilled vacancies in Tribunals.

Also Read: What is the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021?

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