After the change of status of Jammu and Kashmir from that of a state to a UT, the notification was issued saying that the government employees of the UT will have to move to the CAT at Chandigarh, instead of the HC, with their service related grievances.
The plea filed by Asheesh Singh Kotwal alleged the decision to shift cases is violative of the fundamental right to access to justice.
It sought a direction that the HC be allowed to keep hearing the pending service petitions which are nearly 30,000.
It also sought a direction that till the time CAT is set up in the UT, the HC be allowed to hear fresh service matters as well.
“The petitioners are filing the writ petition seeking a writ of Mandamus for quashing of notification …conferring jurisdiction to the CAT, Chandigarh over all service matters of the employees of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, and also seeking establishment of a permanent bench of the CAT in J-K with complete infrastructure and adequate strength,” the plea said.
“Direct the High Court not to transfer any case pending before it to the CAT till a permanent bench of CAT is established … under the provisions of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 and made functional…,” it said.
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