Special Correspondent

TAMBARAM: The Chennai Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal, the first regional Bench in the country, was inaugurated at a function held at the Officers Training Academy in St. Thomas Mount on Saturday.

A.K. Mathur, Chairperson of the Armed Forces Tribunal and former Judge of the Supreme Court, formally inaugurated the Bench by unveiling a stone plaque.

Arumuga Perumal Adityan, Judge, Madras High Court, and Lieutenant General (retired) S. Pattabhiraman, the two Judicial Members of the Chennai Bench, were present.

Mr. Justice Mathur said that after inauguration of the Tribunal in New Delhi in August, the Chennai Bench was the first regional one to be inaugurated. After the establishment of the Tribunal’s head office in New Delhi two months ago, nearly 100 cases were disposed of. At present, nearly 10,000 cases were pending before all courts across the country, mostly in the High Courts.

He hoped that the creation of the Armed Forces Tribunal would pave the way for creating a new military jurisprudence.

A press release stated that the Chennai Bench would commence its work with a backlog of 437 cases that would be transferred from the Madras High Court and the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The Tribunal would have original jurisdiction in matters relating to service conditions of the Armed Forces, including remuneration, pension and retirement benefits, appointments, seniority promotion, reversions and superannuation.

The Chennai Bench, with a strength of 24 persons, is at present functioning from Food Inspection Unit, Anna Salai, Teynampet.

It would function from a permanent structure which would come up at Old Military Hospital Complex in a year.