Jus­tice Sikri nom­i­nated to C’wealth tri­bunal

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

new delhi — Supreme Court judge A.K. Sikri, who voted with the gov­ern­ment in the three­mem­ber com­mit­tee to re­move CBI Di­rec­tor Alok Verma, is un­der­stood to have been nom­i­nated to the post of Pres­i­dent/ Mem­ber of the London-based Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tar­iat Ar­bi­tral Tri­bunal (CSAT).

Sources in the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs said the de­ci­sion re­gard­ing Sikri’s nom­i­na­tion was made last month in view of his re­tire­ment on March 6, 2019, from the Supreme Court.

The CSAT was es­tab­lished to meet the re­quire­ments of the Agreed Me­moran­dum on the Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tar­iat (1964) which was re­vised by gov­ern­ments in 2005.

In ful­fil­ment of its obli­ga­tions un­der the Agreed Me­moran­dum, the UK gov­ern­ment passed the Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tar­iat Act 1966 which, among other things, gives the Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tar­iat le­gal per­son­al­ity and ac­cords it cer­tain im­mu­ni­ties and priv­i­leges.

The CSAT has a full com­ple­ment of eight mem­bers com­pris­ing the Pres­i­dent and seven oth­ers. The mem­bers are se­lected by Com­mon­wealth gov­ern­ments on a re­gion­ally rep­re­sen­ta­tive ba­sis from among per­sons of high moral char­ac­ter who must hold or have held high ju­di­cial of­fice in a Com­mon­wealth coun­try. The mem­bers are ap­pointed on a four-year term which may be re­newed only once.

Sikri was part of the Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mal­likar­jun Kharge that on Thurs­day de­cided 2:1 to re­move CBI chief Verma from the post. —

Jus­tice AK Sikri

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