Law panel recommends CJI-led Comm to pick tribunal heads

SansadTV Bureau

The Law Commission has recommended that a Chief Justice of India-led committee should be set up to appoint chairperson and vice chairperson of central tribunals. The commission recommendation opined that the move will provide greater independence to such bodies.

In a report submitted to the union law ministry, the panel also said vesting of administrative control of tribunals to various departments and ministries make the bodies subservient to the executive, whose dispute they are deciding.

It recommended that all central tribunals should be under the law ministry which should be made the nodal agency.

File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

The Commission said that a selection committee, headed by the Chief Justice of India or a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, as his nominee and comprising two nominees of the central government not below the rank of secretary should be be set up for appointment of chairman, vice-chairman and judicial members of a tribunal.

For selection of administrative member, accountant member, technical member, expert member or revenue member, a selection committee headed by the nominee of the central government should be appointed in consultation with the CJI.

On the composition of the committee, the law panel also pointed that it should not be headed by a secretary level officer “for the reason that the central government is a party to every litigation before such tribunal”.

It said reappointment of chairman and others compromises the independence and fairness of the tribunal.

“One may be inclined to decide matters in a manner that would ensure their reappointment,” the law commission report said as quoted by the news agencies.

(With inputs from PTI)