According to separate orders issued by the Department of Personnel and Training on September 11, eight judicial and 10 technical members have been appointed in the NCLT. While six judicial and seven accountant members have been appointed in ITAT.
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Amid concerns over vacancies in different tribunals of the Supreme Court, the government has appointed 31 people as judicial, technical and accountant members in the NCLT and ITAT. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) mainly deals with matters related to company law and insolvency law. Whereas the Indian Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) deals with income tax matters.
These appointments also come at a time when the Supreme Court has expressed concern that the central government is “inactivating” tribunals by not appointing officers in quasi-judicial bodies facing shortage of staff. It is worth noting that there are about 250 vacancies in different major tribunals and appellate tribunals like NCLT, DRT, TDSAT and SAT (SAT).
Appointment of 8 and 10 technical members of NCLT
According to separate orders issued on September 11 by the Department of Personnel and Training based on the decisions of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, eight judicial and 10 technical members have been appointed in the NCLT, while six judicial and seven accountant members have been appointed in the ITAT. Has been done.
Justice T Rajani of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Justice Pradeep Narahari Deshmukh, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court, Justice S Ramatilgam, a retired judge of the Madras High Court, and Justice Deepchandra Joshi of the District Court are among the eight judicial members appointed to the NCLT.
6 judicial members appointed in ITAT
The newly appointed 10 technical members of NCLT include Principal Commissioner of Income Tax Ajay Das Mehrotra, Retired CMD of NHPC Balraj Joshi, Retired Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, Retired Principal Director General of Income Tax Subrata Kumar Das, Retired Secretary of Consumer Affairs Department Avinash K Srivastava and Indian Retired Chief General Manager of State Bank Sriprakash Singh and others.
Advocates Sanjay Sarma, S Sitalakshmi and TR Senthil Kumar, who have been appointed in ITAT, include six judicial members; Additional District and Sessions Judges – Shatin Goyal and Anubhav Sharma, and State Bank of India Law Officer Manohar Das. The seven accountants appointed to the ITAT include chartered accountants Bhagirath Mal Biyani, Balakrishnan S, JD Battuli, Padmavati S, Arun Khodpiya and RK Jayantbhai, and Income Tax Commissioner RD Pandurang. The appointments in NCLT will be for a period of five years from the date of assuming office or till the age of 65 years or till further orders. At the same time, the appointments in ITAT have been made for a period of four years.
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