The Central Administrative Tribunal received harsh criticism from the Calcutta High Court for failing to resolve a case within a month despite its earlier order, calling it a “sordid state of affairs.”
In the case of Goutam Saren v. Union of India & Ors (WPCT 29 OF 2022), a Bench made up of Honorable Justice Shampa Dutt Paul and Honorable Justice Harish Tandon emphasized that “It is the sordid state of affairs that despite all requests having been made to the officers manning the tribunal to dispose of the matter within a month from the date of the communication of this order, no significant progress could be seen therefrom.”
Facts of the case:
The Bench noted that although the matter had been listed numerous times, numerous adjournments had been granted, and that the June 7 hearing date had been set. The Court observed that a directive had been passed to the appearing counsel to exchange the written notes of arguments after reading the order from the Tribunal that was issued on March 2, 2022.
The concerned attorney informed the court that the written notes of arguments had been submitted and that the case was otherwise prepared for resolution.
As a result, the Court instructed the Tribunal to review the case on June 7 and decide it within two weeks.
The Court continued, saying that it is mandatory to adhere to the time frame specified “The time limit outlined above is both mandatory and obligatory. To adhere to the time set by this Court in the challenged order, the tribunal may, if necessary, fix the date on a daily basis.”
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Judgement Reviewed By Manju Molakalapalli.