Armed Forces Tribunal Current Affairs - 2019

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Justice Rajendra Menon recommended as next Chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has recommended former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon as the next chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT). The other members of bench included Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer.

Key Highlights

If the appointment of Justice Rajendra Menon is approved by Centre, he will assume the charge once the incumbent Chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal, Justice Virender Singh retires on 6 October 2019.

Attorney General KK Venugopal informed the court that the file of Justice Menon was under consideration of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister.

About Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT)

It is a military tribunal in India that was established under the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007. The Act gives the AFT power for adjudication/trial of disputes and complaints with respect to enrolments, appointments, commission, and conditions of service in respect of persons subject to Army Act (1950), The Navy Act (1957) and Air Force Act (1950).

The AFT has the Principal Bench in New Delhi. It has Regional Benches at Lucknow, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Guwahati, Kochi, Mumbai and Kolkatta. Except Chandigarh and Lucknow Regional Benches, which have 3 benches each, all other locations have a single bench. Each AFT Bench comprises of a Judicial Member and an Administrative Member.

Vice admiral Bimal Verma Withdraws Plea Challenging Appointment as Navy Chief

Vice Admiral Bimal Verma has withdrawn his petition from the Armed Forces Tribunal which challenged the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next navy chief replacing Admiral Sunil Lanba. He was superseded in the appointment.

Why did he withdraw the Petition?

  • According to the rules, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma had the option of filing a statutory complaint with the Defence Minister before taking the legal recourse.
  • Vice Admiral Bimal Verma approached the tribunal if he is not satisfied with the way his complaint is addressed by the Defence Ministry.
  • The tribunal has asked the petitioner why the option of approaching the Defence Ministry was not availed.

The Tribunal asked them to explore the option of approaching the Defence Ministry and allowed them to withdraw their plea.