Don’t be ap­pre­hen­sive about case dis­posal: CAT chief to J&K CJ

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Correspond­ent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kash­mir high court need not be so ap­pre­hen­sive about the dis­posal of cases by the Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (CAT), its chair­man L Narasimha Reddy said on Satur­day.

Re­fut­ing the claims made by J&K high court Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal, in a let­ter writ­ten to the Cen­tre, over the tri­bunal’s abil­ity to han­dle ser­vice mat­ters of the em­ploy­ees, jus­tice Reddy said the tri­bunal has recorded the dis­posal rate of 104% in the past few months.

“A news item ap­peared in print as well as elec­tronic me­dia on the ba­sis of the DO let­ter dated May 8 said to have been ad­dressed by the chief jus­tice of J&K HC to the Union min­is­ter Ji­ten­dra Singh.

The sub­ject seems to be about the establishm­ent of benches of Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal in the Union ter­ri­to­ries of Jammu & Kash­mir and Ladakh,” clar­i­fied Jus­tice Reddy in an of­fi­cial re­lease.

“A DO let­ter hap­pens to be the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween its au­thor and the ad­dressee and it is not made pub­lic par­tic­u­larly when it is be­tween highly placed dig­ni­taries. Since the news item was only about the establishm­ent of the Benches and is a mat­ter of rel­e­vance for the Cen­tral Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal, I con­tacted the min­is­ter to know about the sub­ject. He in­formed me that he did not re­ceive the let­ter ei­ther in the form of a hard copy or through e-mail,” he added.

Go­ing by what is pub­lished in the me­dia, it ap­pears that the Chief Jus­tice ex­pressed con­cern over the abil­ity of the tri­bunal to han­dle the ser­vice mat­ters of the UT as and when trans­ferred.

Com­par­a­tive state­ments were also fur­nished as re­gards the pen­dency in the en­tire tri­bunal on one hand and the pen­dency of ser­vice mat­ters in the HC on the other hand.

Many state­ments in the at­tach­ment of the news item on the web­site of “Bar & Bench” were in­deed not called for and at any rate, were not a mat­ter of con­cern for the high court.

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