Jammu Tawi, November 25
Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar, Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir today inaugurated the full fledged Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) at Military Station Sunjuwan, here today. The ceremony was presided over by Justice B P Katakey, Officiating Chairperson, Armed Forces Tribunal, New Delhi.
The Government of India in the second phase has sanctioned two Regional Benches, one at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, which was notified on July 09, 2016, and the Srinagar Bench at Jammu on November 17, 2016. The Bench since then functioned as a circuit Bench of Chandigarh Bench. The establishment of the full fledged Regional Bench has mitigated the problem relating to long journey to Chandigarh faced by the Armed Forces Personnel and their families. The official notification issued by Ministry of Defence, under S.R.O. 12(E), “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (4) of section 5 of the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 (55 of 2007), the Central Government hereby notifies the Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal, Srinagar (temporarily to be located in Jammu) with effect from the 17th day of November, 2016, which shall have jurisdiction within the territorial limits of the State of Jammu and Kashmir”.
The Bench thanked the efforts of Jang Bahadur Singh Jamwal, Former Registrar of this Bench for his sincere and dedicated efforts to find the present building to house it. He worked like a one man Army with no infrastructure with the active support of the local Army Station Commander and his dedicated staff.