A.K. Mathur to head Armed Forces Tribunal

August 27th, 2008 - 5:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) A.K. Mathur, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, will be the first head of the newly constituted Armed Forces Tribunal, it was announced here Wednesday.The tribunal is meant to adjudicate on appeals against the verdicts of military courts on service-related matters.

Some 9,000 such appeals are currently pending in various high courts and the Supreme Court. These appeals will be transferred to the tribunal once it becomes functional.

The tribunal is the military version of the Central Administrative Tribunal that hears appeals of the government’s civilian employees against disciplinary or other action taken against them.

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