Defence tribunal starts Circuit Bench in Bangalore

Defence personnel based in Karnataka need not travel to Kochi anymore for service-related disputes.

A Circuit Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal will hold two sittings a month in Bangalore, according to the Ministry of Defence.

“Personnel from Karnataka will be able to file their cases at the Circuit Bench,” a move which will reduce the cost burden of frequently travelling to the Regional Bench at Kochi, an official release said on Wednesday.

The Kochi Bench has handled cases filed by personnel from Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep.

The Circuit Bench is at present holding its first session from June 2 to 6. Future sittings will be notified in advance, the release said.

Tribunal chairperson Prakash Tatla visited the venue of its sitting at the Parachute Regimental Training Centre in Bangalore. Shrikant Tripathi, judicial member, and Vice-Admiral M.P. Muralidharan, administrative member of the Bench, briefed him on the ongoing activities.

The Armed Forces Tribunal, to be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or a Chief Justice of a high court, was formed in 2007 by a new AFT Act to settle a large number of service-related disputes raised by service personnel and to speed up justice. It also handles appeals of court-martial sentences. The Principal Bench is in New Delhi with eight regional Benches, including a second southern one in Chennai for defence personnel of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

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