Centre green lights 31 appointments to NCLT and ITAT, days after Supreme Court reprimand
The Indian government has finally filled long standing vacancies in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), barely days after the country’s Supreme Court reprimanded the delay.
India has appointed 18 members to the NCLT and 13 to the ITAT, looking to avoid from Chief Justice NV Ramana and the Supreme Court. Further delays would have seen the Centre having to fend off contempt proceedings.
The Centre’s appointees will serve a five-year term on the tribunals, or till they turn 65 years old. A breakdown of the 31 appointments follows.
National Company Law Tribunal:
- Eight judicial members, who include retired High Court Justices Telaprolu Rajani of Andhra Pradesh, Pradeep Deshmukh of Bombay, S Ramathilagam of Madras, Harnam Singh, presiding officer of DRT, Delhi.
- 10 technical members
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal:
- Four judicial members, including advocates Sonjoy Sarma and S Seethalakshmi
- One OBC member – advocate T R Senthil Kumar
- One SC member – law officer Manmohan Das
- Seven accountant members
The new appointments are a relief for the overburdened tribunals, with insolvency cases taking close to 600 days to be processed in the NCLT. Rules stipulate that the process must not take more than 270 days.