The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure with the Center over a petition filed by former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh challenging the Tribunal Reforms Act. Why are appointments being made from the recommended list? That is the question asked by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has again slammed the Center for delaying appointments in various arbitrations across the country. It also directed that the recommended persons be appointed within two weeks and affidavits be filed.
During the hearing, there was a heated argument between the attorney general and other judges, including the chief justice. The apex court accused the Center of appointing selected persons as members of the arbitration. The selection committee, headed by a Supreme Court judge, had recommended enough names to the government. During the hearing on Wednesday, Chief Justice NV Raman expressed displeasure over the manner in which the Center has made appointments.
“When the committee made a list of approved people and made recommendations, why were those on the waiting list included in the list of people appointed in various arbitrations in the country? The government has appointed these people as it sees fit, ”the apex court said.
CJI: SCSC recommended 9 judicial members and 10 technical members for NCLAT. The appointment letter issued that as if members were cherry picked and some were kept on waiting. we cannot ignore selected candidates and go to waitlist. What type of selection and appointment is this?
– Bar & Bench (arabarandbench) September 15, 2021
A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Raman and Justice DY Chandrachud expressed displeasure over the vacancies in arbitration across the country and said the situation was deplorable. So, Advocate General KK Venugopal assured the bench that the Center would make appointments for arbitration from the list of persons recommended by the selection committee within two weeks.
“Our patience is being tested, but we are not interested in a conflict with the government, so appointments to all the major arbitrators should be made by September 13,” he said.
There are about 250 vacancies in all the important arbitration and appellate arbitrations. These include National Company Law Arbitration (NCLT), Debt Recovery Arbitration (DRT), Telecommunications Arbitration and Appellate Arbitration (TDSAT), National Green Arbitration (NGT), Consumer Commission, etc.