Lawyer Moves Supreme Court For Expeditious Filling Of Vacancies At PMLA Appellate Tribunal

first_imgTop StoriesLawyer Moves Supreme Court For Expeditious Filling Of Vacancies At PMLA Appellate Tribunal Akshita Saxena23 Jan 2021 12:45 AMShare This – xA Public Interest Litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking directions for expeditiously filling the long-standing vacancies at the Appellate Tribunal, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (ATPMLA). The petition has been filed by Advocate-Activist Amit Sahni, through Advocate Preeti Singh, stating that the ATPMLA, which deals with sensitive and crucial matters pertaining…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Public Interest Litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking directions for expeditiously filling the long-standing vacancies at the Appellate Tribunal, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (ATPMLA). The petition has been filed by Advocate-Activist Amit Sahni, through Advocate Preeti Singh, stating that the ATPMLA, which deals with sensitive and crucial matters pertaining to PMLA, NDPS Act, FEMA, SAFEMA, etc., is struggling to dispense justice, particularly in absence of its Chairman and three members out of sanctioned strength of four, and acute shortage of administrative staff. It is submitted that one Member-post at the Tribunal fell vacant in 2018, and the tenure of the Chairman and two members expired in 2019 and since then, the ATPMLA has been constrained to function with its sole member. So far as administrative staff is concerned, the plea points out: 2 Registrar posts are vacant since 2016 and 20202 Sr. Private Secretary posts are vacant since 20083 Private Secretary posts are vacant since 20163 Steno posts are vacant since 20161 Superintendent post is vacant since 20161 Assistant post is vacant since 2016Court Master’s post is vacant since 2016UDC vacancies are unfilled since 2019LDC vacancies are unfilled since 2019 totaling to 23 vacant posts as on date. “The very object for constituting Tribunals is to supplement the functions of the High Courts and the other Courts and to ensure that the consumer of justice gets speedy redressal to his grievances. Due to a large number of unfilled vacancies hampering the progress of the functioning of the Tribunal. Therefore, there is imminent need for expediting the process of selections and appointments to ensure speedy justice,” the petition thus states.Reliance is placed on Madras Bar Association v. Union of India & Anr., where the Supreme Court directed the Central Government to constitute a National Tribunal Commission for the appointment of members in various Tribunals.The petition further avers that Sahni had filed several RTI Applications, seeking information regarding vacancies at the Tribunal, which revealed that apart from post of Chairman, three out of four members are not appointed. Further, there are certain vacancies since 2016 and few posts are vacant since 2008. He also made a representation to the Government for expeditious filling of vacancies at Tribunal but no step has been taken by the government upon the same till date. “The ATPMLA has been crying for attention since long but the Government has failed to take adequate and appropriate steps,” Sahni said. [Note: The ATPMLA consists of a Chairman (a retired Judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court) and Four Members (who can be from the fields of Law, Finance and Management)] Next Storylast_img read more