New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the central government on a petition challenging some alleged discriminatory amendments to the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, including the abolition of the post of vice chairman.
A vacation bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice D.K. Jain issued notice on the petition filed by Central Administrative Tribunals (CAT) Bar Association president A.K. Behera, against amendments made by the government in 2006.
Behera, in his petition, said that the amendments are biased in favour of the new members of the tribunals appointed after the changes were Feb 19, 2007.
He said that while the changed law confers upon the new members, appointed after Feb 19, 2007, the status of a high court judge while older member have not been given any such privilege.
The petitioner also objected to the abolition of the post of vice-chairman in the tribunals through the amendment.
Contending that the amendments were discriminatory, Behera urged the court to declare the 2006 amendments to the Act as "unconstitutional."