Madras Bar Association files plea in SC against Tribunal Rules 2020

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court by the Madras Bar Association alleging that the Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities, (Qualifications, Experience and other conditions of services of members) Rules, 2020 are against the rule of separation of powers.

The central government had already notified rules on the same in the year 2017 under the Finance Act, 2017. Both the rules and the act were challenged before the court.

In the case of Rojer Mathew v. South Indian Bank Ltd., a five judge bench of the supreme court had struck down the rules. These rules providing the terms and conditions for service of members for at least 19 tribunals were held to be “overstepping into the powers of the judiciary.”

The PIL states that the 2020 rules are in violation of several orders that upheld the non-interference of the executive in the appointments of the judiciary.

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