CAT conducts proceedings in bedroom
D A RASHID
Srinagar, May 8: A two member bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) had to conduct the court proceeding in the bedroom of Government guest house at Sonwar here as the state government failed to provide them a place to hear the cases of central government employees.
The two member bench comprising Justice(Rtd) S D Anand and member Khusi Ram that heard the cases on Monday and Tuesday held the court proceedings in a bedroom.
Sources revealed to Greater Kashmir that the members of the CAT have expressed their displeasure and dismay over the shabby treatment meted out to them by the government.
Even the lawyers of Jammu and Kashmir High Court are harbouring an ill feeling for the government for soiling the position of the central tribunal team and they termed the approach as desensitized.
“The members of the tribunal have come from Chandigarh to hear the cases but the Jammu and Kashmir Government has not only disdained them but has caused an injury to the fabric of Justice system,” said a government lawyer of Jammu and Kashmir High Court
A senior lawyer of High Court said that the state Law department is responsible for bringing into being tribulations of people who will now have to rush to Chandigarh to attend their cases as the members of the tribunal have decided to hear the cases in the next proceeding there.
“It is a shame for the state government to wink eyes at providing office to the CAT for conducting the Court proceedings. The members of the tribunal are retired High Court judges and they faced a great deal of humiliation in the state,” a senior lawyer, Zahoor Ahmad Shah said.
Sending reproaches to the government for not providing an appropriate accommodation to the CAT for hearing the cases, some young lawyers of the High Court said it was a deliberate attempt to deprive the litigants of a speedy justice.
“The government is gloating over for initiatives taken to provide justice to the people in the shortest course of time but it has mocked the CAT by impeding it from providing justice to the people in a speedy manner” Mushtaq Ahmad, a lawyer said.
Assistant Solictor General for the Union Government, S A Makroo said that it was indecorous for the state government to take the CAT with such a light gravity.
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