SC directs Centre to start filling up vacancies in ITAT
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-08

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The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to initiate within three weeks the process of filling up vacancies of presidents, vice presidents and members in different benches of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunals (ITAT) across the country.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said after Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, representing the Centre, submitted that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet was looking into the matter and the process of filling up vacancies was at an advanced stage.

The court allowed the request of Kumar seeking three weeks time and said “the proceedings shall be initiated for filling up of remaining vacancies.”

During the proceedings, senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, appearing for one of the parties, alleged that the process of appointment has been obfuscated and mere lip service has been paid to the matter.

The court had earlier pulled up the Centre over the delay in the appointments, saying that the ITAT was one of the key sources of revenue earning for the government, which was still moving at a snail’s pace in filling up the vacancies.

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