Top 5 Central Tribunal in India have over 3.50 Lakh Pending Cases, Says Law Panel

Team SoOLEGAL 30 Oct 2017 11:24am

Top 5 Central Tribunal in India have over 3.50 Lakh Pending Cases, Says Law Panel

According to the latest law commission report, the top five central tribunals in India have a combined backlog of over 3.50 lakh cases with the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal alone having more than 91,000 pending matters.

In its report Assessment of Statutory Frameworks of Tribunals in India submitted to the law ministry on Friday, the panel said "though the disposal rate of the tribunals in comparison to the filing of cases per year had been remarkable -- 94 per cent -- the pendency remains high.

The panel pointed out that the idea of tribunals was framed to overcome the crisis of delays and backlogs in the administration of justice in regular courts. Tribunal is an administrative body established for the purpose of executing quasi-judicial duties; it is neither a court nor a judicial body.

The report reveal that the data officially available, in respect of working of some of the tribunals do not shows a satisfactory picture.

As in July 2017, the Central Administrative Tribunal had 44, 333 pending cases. Likewise, the Railway claims Tribunal had 45,604 pending cases as on 30 September, 2016.

The Debt Recovery Tribunal had a backlog of 78,118 cases as on July 3, 2016. At the end of 2016, the customs, Excise and Service Tax Appeal Tribunal reported 90, 592 pending cases.

The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal had 91,538 pending cases at the end of 2016 -- the highest among the five tribunals referred by the report.

Hence, the total backlog of the five tribunals comes to 3, 50,185.

The law panel said that orders of central tribunals should be challenged before the division bench of a high court. [With inputs from PTI]

Tagged: Law Commission Report   Central Tribunals   Law Ministry   Law Panel  
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