Central Administrative Tribunal is shutdown temporarily
Central Administrative Tribunal has no facility and necessary equipment at the office to conduct the hearing through Video Conference so the hearing at the tribunal and its benches will resume on April 15 depending on Government's decision to lift restrictions
April 11, 2020
Central Administrative Tribunal is shutdown temporarily and, well, indefinitely due to the pandemic COVID-19
. The hearings are not taking place even through video conferencing, unlike other courts. "With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the sittings were arranged on the alternative to ensure that the social distance is maintained. However, even that became impossible in view of the steps taken by the Government from March 22 onwards" the tribunal said in a press statement issued on Saturday.
The tribunal tried to look for other options but due to some shortcomings, nothing was working out. " With the imposition of lockdown, it became impossible for the Benches to function since neither the advocates nor the employes of the tribunal would be in a position to attend to the work. The option to conduct the hearings through video conference was not available firstly because the necessary equipment infrastructure was not in place and secondly it was not possible to procure it in view of the lockdown".
The principal bench of the tribunal was anyway scheduled to be on a mini-vacation from April 2 to April 12.
"The option to conduct the hearings through video conference was not available firstly because the necessary equipment infrastructure was not in place and secondly it was not possible to procure it in view of the lockdown"- Central Administrative Tribunal
In the press statement, the tribunal further said "It has always been the endeavour of the principal bench of the central administrative tribunal and its benches across the country to dispose-off as many cases as possible and to function to the satisfaction of the persons who approached the tribunal for remedies. As a matter of fact, the disposal rate even upto the month of February 2020 had been phenomenal"
The further course of action would be decided depending on the steps which the Government would take in respect of the period from April 15 onwards. Even if there exists the slightest possibility to conduct the courts, the same would be availed.