J&K Re-organisation Act: HC begins exercise to transfer 40,000 service cases to CAT

With the applicability of the Administrative Tribunal Act 1985 in Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh, the High Court has begun the exercise to transfer over 40,000 services related cases to the Central Administrative Tribunal as per the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Act 2019.

“There are over 40,000 service related cases in courts which will be transferred to CAT for adjudication as per the provisions of the Re-organisation Act,” said a senior official.

A notice in this regard has been issued by the Registrar Judicial, which reads: “The details of the matters have been made available on the website and if there is any matter left out, the details thereof may be furnished to the Registry by the concerned advocate, department or litigant.”

As per the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation  Act 2019, Administrative Tribunal Act 1985 is now applicable in newly created UTs of J&K and Ladakh.

Hitherto, the Central Administrative Tribunal was only hearing service related matters of the central government employees in erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, the cases of state government employees were being adjudicated in the High Court.

The employees have demanded that central government should establish individual benches of CAT at Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh so that they don’t have to travel outside the UTs to get their service matters redressed.