SC seeks Centre’s view on bringing all tribunals under one umbrella

NEW DELHI: To ensure “efficient functioning” and “streamlining the working” of tribunals, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sought to know from the Centre within two weeks its view on bringing all the quasi-judicial bodies under one central umbrella body.

The top court said it would not like to be bogged down with what is right or wrong and all it wants is that “the tribunals work efficiently and independently”.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it is tentatively of the view that directions given by the apex court in its two verdicts of 1997 and 2010 for bringing all the tribunals of the country under one nodal agency should have been “implemented long back”.

“There cannot be any manner of doubt that to ensure the efficient functioning and to streamline the working of tribunals, they should be brought under one agency, as already felt and observed by this Court…

“The Court would like to have benefit of the view of the government of India as on today by means of an affidavit of the competent authority to be filed within two weeks from today,” the court said. (AGENCIES)