Telangana HC reasons why Railway Tribunal rendered Defunct

Telangana High Court HC
Telangana High Court HC

Swarna Shukla-

Published On: September 30, 2021 at 12:33 IST

The Telangana High Court impleaded Union Ministries of Law and Justice and the Railways, seeking to know why they rendered the Railways Claims Tribunal in Secundarabad defunct by not appointing the Judicial Officer to preside over it.

 The Bench of Justice A Rajashekher Reddy and Justice T Vinod Kumar persued the subjects of the Railway Claims Tribunal Advocates Association that highlighted the disappointed state of the Tribunal, lying in a defunct state, as the Quasi-Judicial Body does not have a Vice-Chairman-Cum-Judicial Member to settle the claims for long.

The Court stated, “Earlier, Civil Courts were hearing such matters. But the Centre had brought in specialized Tribunals for almost every subject. Now the Civil Courts are barred from hearing matters that fall under the purview of these Tribunals. But the Tribunals are lying in a defunct manner with no judges in them to hear the pleas.”

Assistant Solicitor General (ASG), Namavarapu Rajeshwara Rao, for Centre, raised an objection over making the Union Cabinet Secretary a Respondent in the case.

The Bench while agreeing with the ASG’s contention that the Parties concerned are the Ministries of Law and Railways, the Court made both (the Ministries) of them as parties.

However, the Court said nothing to express its indignation at the Centre.

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