Chandigarh AFT Bar joins protest for reform of Armed Forces Tribunal
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-16

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After the Bar Association of the Principal Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal at Delhi highlighted its grievances last year, lawyers of the Chandigarh Bench of the AFT have now written a letter to Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.

The primary concern raised in the letter is the non-functioning of the Chandigarh Bench given the fact that it does not have a single Judicial Member at present. Describing the situation as a serious problem for defence personnel and their families, the letter states,

“The Chandigarh Bench currently functions only for a few days every month and that too by outstation Judicial Members who hold court for those days in Chandigarh by sacrificing their own work. Even by this arrangement fresh cases cannot be listed and fresh/urgent cases filed months back are taken up for hearing by temporary outstation Judicial Members.”

The letter also highlights the inherent contradictions in the very concept of having an Armed Forces Tribunal.

“Firstly, the AFT functions under the administrative authority of the Ministry of Defence which is a litigant and the first opposite party in every case, thereby reflecting a total conflict of interest…”

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