323A. Administrative tribunals.

  • (1) Parliament may, by law, provide for the adjudication or trial by administrative tribunals of disputes and complaints with respect to recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of any State or of any local or other authority within the territory of India or under the control of the Government of India or of any corporation owned or controlled by the Government.
  • (2) A law made under clause (1) may-
    • (a) provide for the establishment of an administrative tribunal for the Union and a separate administrative tribunal for each State or for two or more States;
    • (b) specify the jurisdiction, powers (including the power to punish for contempt) and authority which may be exercised by each of the said tribunals;
    • (c) provide for the procedure (including provisions as to limitation and rules of evidence) to be followed by the said tribunals;
    • (d) exclude the jurisdiction of all courts, except the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under article 136, with respect to the disputes or complaints referred to in clause (1);
    • (e) provide for the transfer to each such administrative tribunal of any cases pending before any court or other authority immediately before the establishment of such tribunal as would have been within the jurisdiction of such tribunal if the causes of action on which such suits or proceedings are based had arisen after such establishment;
    • (f) repeal or amend any order made by the President under clause (3) of article 371D;
    • (g) contain such supplemental, incidental and consequential provisions (including provisions as to fees) as Parliament may deem necessary for the effective functioning of, and for the speedy disposal of cases by, and the enforcement of the orders of, such tribunals.
  • (3) The provisions of this article shall have effect notwithstanding anything in any other provision of this Constitution or in any other law for the time being in force.

3 Responses to “323A. Administrative tribunals.”

  1. Can central Administrative Tribunals issue writs under Article 226 of Indian Constitution? Article 321A and Section 15 of Administrative Tribunals Act mentions that Tribunals Shall exercise powers of all courts except Supreme Court. It means it can exercise power under Article 226 of issuing writs which at presently is believed and understood that only High Courts have this power.

  2. Can Central Administrative Tribunals (CAT) issue writs under Article 226

  3. Subhasis Sarkar says:

    No, the power of writ is not exclusively mentioned in the Act and neither the word is expressed by the Act itself. The Tribunal exercises this power in the form of order,direct,quash,review etc wrt service matters only and thus the very foundation of the writ (order). Though the writ jurisdiction of the High Courts is vested on Article 226 and 227,but still this doesn’t mean that Tribunal has the same power wrt service matters. The word writ is not expressed but it’s latent and is evident as Tribunal is vested with all the powers as are vested in the Civil Court.

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