28 November, 2020

Post Article 370, Another Blow To Kashmiris As Centre Moves Service Matters Away From J-K High Court

Over 37,000 cases pending before the J&K High Court have been shifted to Chandigarh. It will leave lawyers jobless and impact six lakh employees

The Grand Mosque in Srinagar, off limits for the faithful because of the COVID-19 lockdown
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Post Article 370, Another Blow To Kashmiris As Centre Moves Service Matters Away From J-K High Court
outlookindia.com
2020-05-09T18:48:24+05:30

The Centre’s move to shift all service matters from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to the Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) drew little reaction from Kashmiris, who saw it as fait accompli, but evoked anger and disbelief in Jammu. The move, notified on April 29 by the Union ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions, was a result of the Administrative Tribunal Act, 1985, becoming applicable to the two Union territories—J&K and Ladakh—that were created from the united J&K state following the abrogation of Article 370 last August. With it, over 37,000 cases pending before the J&K High Court were shifted to Chandigarh, infuriating Jammu-based lawyers and employees’ associations. The lawyers say the move will render them jobless and also inflict a huge toll on around 6 lakh employees, both retired and working, as all service matters like promotion, transfer and suspension will now be heard in Chandigarh.

“Jitendra Singh (MoS, PMO) had told me there will be a permanent CAT bench in Jammu and no...

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