The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notices to Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Defence on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Panchkula based lawyer Navdeep.
The petitioner has sought directions to the Central government to bring the functioning of Armed Forces Tribunal under the purview of Ministry of Law and Justice rather than Ministry of Defence.
At present,the functioning of AFT is governed by Ministry of Defence.
The petitioner has sought the directions to ensure that there is no interference by the Ministry of Defence and to ensure smooth and fair adjudication of cases by the Tribunal.
Also,the petitioner has sought directions to ensure processing of appointments of judicial members especially in case of the Chandigarh Bench which has the heaviest work load in the country and largest area under its jurisdiction.
The petitioner has sought directions to the Central government to provide proper courtesy,protection,infrastructure and security to the institution of the Tribunal more so in light of the fact that it is performing criminal appellate functions besides original jurisdiction.
Also,the PIL has sought proper facilities including accommodation to members to ensure that they are able to render service in a judicial capacity in a free,fair and fearless environment devoid of any pressure or encumbrances.