Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 – Section 5, 15, 28 & 29 – Constitution of Administrative Tribunal – Members of the tribunal – Chairman of the Tribunal – Chairman’s Powers – Exercise of powers of allocation of business – Transfer of Cases – Powers and Authority – Exclusion of Jurisdiction of Courts – Transfer of Pending Cases – Held, Once the Tribunal is constituted in relation to any of the matters that fall under S. 15 of the Act the High Court cannot retain the jurisdiction and the original jurisdiction would vest exclusively with the Tribunal.
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2011 (3) KLT 443 : 2011 (3) KHC 154
C.T. RAVIKUMAR, J.
Dated this the 5th day of July, 2011
O.P. No.35825 of 2002
For Petitioner : V. Chitambaresh, Dr. K.B. Muhamed Kutty, K. Ramakumar, K.R.B. Kaimal, Kurian George Kannanthanam, M. Pathrose Matthai, M.R. Rajendran Nair, K. Jayakumar, N. Nandakumara Menon, S.V. Balakrishna Iyer, Sumathy Dandapani, Grashious Kuriakose, K.K. Chandran Pillai (Senior Advocates), Siby Mathew, Philip J. Vettickattu, B. Premnath (E), K. Jaju Babu, P.J. Elvin Peter, Dr. George Abraham, Santhosh Mathew, Sathish Ninan, Dr. K.P. Satheesan, Dr. V.N. Sankarjee, K.R. Rajkumar, Millu Dandapani, V.A. Muhammed, P.B. Sahasranaman, T.S. Harikumar, K. Jagadeesh, M.M. Haris, A. Anilkumar, A. Haroon Rasheed, A.K. Alex, A. Mohamed Mustaque, A.P. Subhash, A.R. Dileep, A.S. Sajush Paul, A. Sudhi Vasudevan, A.T. Anilkumar, A.V. Jojo, A.V. Priya, A.V. Telles, A.V. Thomas, A.X. Varghese, Abraham Mathew (Vettoor), Abraham P. George, Abu Mathew, Achu Subha Abraham, Ajaya Kumar G., Ambika Radhakrishnan, Anil K. Mohammed, Anil K. Narendran, Anil Thomas (T), M.N. Anitha (Ekm), Aniyankunju Varghese, Annamma Abraham, Anoop V. Nair, V. Aravind, Asha Elizabeth Mathew, Asha P. Kuriakose, Aswin Gopakumar, Aysha Rahman, Aysha Youseef, B. Ashok Shenoy, B. Bipin, B. Gopakumar, B.K. Purushothaman, B. Krishna Mani, B. Ragunathan, B. Renjithkumar, B.S. Sivaji, B. Sainu, B. Unnikrishna Kaimal, B.V. Joy Sanker, Babu Cherukara, Babu Joseph Kuruvathazha, Babu S. Nair, Benoy K. Kadavan, Bimal K. Nath, Brijesh Mohan, C.C. Suresh, C.D. Dileep, C. Devika Rani Kaimal, C. Harikumar, C. Moideen Kutty, C.P. Mohammed Nias, C.S. Abdul Sammad, M.A. Firoz, C.S. Maniial, C.S. Rajani, C.S. Ullas, C. Unnikrishnan (Kollam), C.V. Antony Kothamangalam, C.X. Antony Benedict, D. Kishore, Daisy Thampi, Deepthi S. Menon, Deepu Lal Mohan, Dhanya Chandran, Dhanya P. Ashokan, Dilip Mohan, Dipu R., E.K. Madhavan, E.M. Sunil Kumar, E.S.M. Kabeer, Firoz K. Robin, Francis Joseph Kurisinkal, G.P. Shinod, G.S. Mohandas, G.S. Reghunath, G. Sasidharan Chempazhanthiyil, G. Sreekumar (Chelur), G. Sukumara Menon, Geetha P. Menon, George Mathew, George Mecheril, George Varghese Kizhakkambalam, George Varghese (Perumpallikuttiyil), Gopakumar R. Thaliyal Govindu, P. Renukadevi, H.B. Shenoy, H. Harikumar (Kollam), Haridas P. Nair, Haridas Thaikkandy, Harikumar S., Harisankar V. Menon, Harish Gopinath, Harish R. Menon, Sheela Devi, J. Abhilash, J. Jarikumar, J. Julian Xavier, Jacob Sebastian, Jagadeesh Lakshman, Jairam V. Menon, Jayakrishnan C.H., Jeswin P. Varghese, Jibu P. Thomas, Jiji S. Jimmy George (Thadathil), Jobi A. Thampi, John Varghese, Johnson Gomez, Johnson K. Kurien, Johnson Manayani, Johnson P. John, Joice George, Joseph Sebastian Purayidam, Joseph T. John, Joy C. Paul, Jyothish D. Mony, K.A. Balan, K.A. Shamsudeen, K. Amminikutty, K.B. Arunkumar, K.D. Babu, K.E. Hamza, K.G. Anil Babu, K.G. Balasubramanian, K.I. Abdul Rasheed, K.I. Sageer, K. Jayes Mohankumar, K. Jithin, K.K. Gopinathan Nair, K.L. Sreekala, K.M. Firoz, K.M. Jamaludheen, K.N. Chandrababu, K.N. Padmakumar, K.N. Ramachandra Panicker, K.P. Chandrasekhar, K.P. Jose Pious, K.P. Mujeeb, K. Preetha John, K. Pushpavathi, K.R. Heera, K.R. Michael, K.R. Ranjith, K. Ravi (Pariyarath), K.S. Chaithanya, K.S. Saira, K. Sanil Kumar, K. Sasikumar, K. Siju, K. Subash Chandra Bose, K.T. Shyamkumar, K.T. Thomas, K.V. Anil Kumar, K.V. George, K.V. Reshmi, K.V. Vimal, K. Vinodkumar, Kabani Dinesh M, Kaleeswaram Raj, Kodoth Sreedharan, Krishnadas P. Nair, K.V.P. Jayalekshmy, L. Jayawanth, L. Rajesh Narayan, L. Ram Mohan, Lakshmi B. Shenoy, Lakshmi Rajan, Lakshmi, N. Kaimal, Latha Prabhakaran, Leena Murali, Liji. J. Vadakedom, Liju M.P. Luiz Godwin D’couth, M.J. Thomas, M.K. Dileep Kumar, M.K. Pradeepkumar, M.M. Jasmin, M. Manju, M.N. Mathew, M.N. Sandeep, M.P. Ashok Kumar, M.P. Krishnan Nair, M.P. Madhavankutty, M.P. Sreekrishnan, M.R. Hariraj, M.R. Jayaprasad, M.R. Sudheendran, M. Rajagopalan Nair, M. Rajesh Kumar, M.S. Kalesh, M. Salim, M. Sasindran, M. Sreekumar, M.U. Vijayalakshmi, M.V. Bose, M.V. Joseph (Alappuzha), M.V. Ligi, M.V. Thamban, M. Vijayakumar, Madhu Radhakrishnan, Manoj Ramaswamy, V. Manu, Mariam Mathai, Mathew B. urian, Mathew John (K), Mathew K. Simon, Mathew Philip Edappallil, Mathew Sunny, Meera V. Menon, Merciamma Mathew, Mereena Joseph, Mohan Jacob George, Molly Jacob, M.V.S. Namboothiry, N. Aswathym N.M. Madhu, N.M. Varghese, N.N. Sasi, N.P. Prajeesh, N. Raghuraj, N. Santha, N. Sugathan, Naveen T., Nidhi Sam Johns, Nisha Bose, O.D. Sivadas, O.V. Maniprasad, P.A. Kumaran, P.B. Krishnan, P.B. Suresh Kumar, P.C. Chacko (Parathanam), P.C. Sasidharan, P. Chandrasekhar, P. Gopalakrishnan Nair, P. Haridas, P.J. Justine, P.K. Ashokan, P.K. Ravisankar, P.K. Vijayamohanan, P.M. Pareeth, P.M. Ziraj, P. Mohandas (Ernakulam), P. Muraleedharan (Irimpanam), P.N. Mohanan, P.P. Biju, P.R. Venkatesh, P. Radhakrishnan, P. Ramakrishnan, P. Retnakumar, P.S. Ramesh Kumar, P.S. Sheeja, P. Samsudin, P. Sankarankutty Nair, P. Santhosh Kumar (Panampalli Nagar), P.T. Dinesh, P. Ushakumari, P.V. Asha, P.V. Kunhikrishnan, P.V. Parvathi, P.V. Surendra Nath, P. Vijayamma, Peeyus A. Kottam, Peter Jose Christo, Philip T. Varghese, Pirappancode V.S. Sudhir, Pirappancode V. Sreedharan Nair, Pooja Surendran, Prasanth, P. Pratheesh P, Preethy Karunakaran, Pushparajan Kodoth, R. Anilkumar, R. Arun Raj, R. Manoj, R. MUralidharan (Aroor), R. Rajasekharan Pillai, R. Ranjini, R. Reji, R. Renjith, R.S. Kalkura, R. Satish Kumar, R. Srinath, R. Sudhish, R. Suraj Kumar, R. Surendran, R.P. Pradeep, Rabia Beegam T.K. Rajesh K. Raju, Raju Sebastian Vedakkekkara, Ram Mohan, G. Ramesh C.R., Reena Thomas, Rekha Vasudevan, Renjith B. Marar, Reshmi Poulose, Resmi G. Nair, S.A. Anand, S. Arun Raj, S. Biju (Kizhakkanela), S. Easwaran, S. Harikrishnan, S. Hemanth Santhosh, S. Jamal, S. Krishnamoorthy, S.M. Althaf, S. Muhammed Haneeff, S. Nidheesh, S.P. Aravindakshan Pillay, S. Prasanth (Ayyappankavu). S.R. Sreejith, S. Rahkakrishnan, S. Ramesh, S. Ramesh Babu, S. Sharan, S. Sudheeshkar, S. Vishnu, S. Vishnu, Sabina Jayan, Sabu S. Kallaramoola, Saiby Jose Kidangoor, Saigi Jacob Palatty, Saira Ravikumar, Sajan Vargheese, K. Sajeev Kumar K. Gopal, Saji Varghese, Sajjad, Santhan V. Nair, Santheep Ankarath, Sebastian Philip, Seema E. George, Shaji P. Chaly, Shaleena Rajan, Smitha Divakaran, Sobhan George, Soumini James, Sreedevi Kylasanath, Sreeharan Karatta, Sreeja T.V.V. Sreevalsan, V.B. Sujesh Menon, Sunil J. Chakkalackal, Sunil V. Mohammed, S. Suraj S., Suresh Menon, T.G. Rajendran, T.I. Daniel, T.K. Saidalikutty, T.M. Raman Kartha, T.N. Sukumaran, T.R. Rajan, T.R. Rajesh, T.R. Sadeesan, R. Rajasekharan Nair, T.S. Shyam Prasanth, T. Sethumadhavan, T.V. George, T.V. Vijayarajan, Thomas Abraham, Thomas P. Makil, Thomas T. Varghese, Tojan J. Vathikulam, Tony George Kannanthanam, U. Balagangadharan, V.B. Hari Narayanan, V.D. Balakrishna Kartha, V.D. Sudheer, V. Deepta, B.H. Jasmine, V.J. Joseph, V.K. Sathyanathan, V. Krishna Menon, V.L. Shenoy, V.M. Kurian, V.P. Sukumar, V. Philip Mathew, V. Rajendran (Perumbavoor), V. Sadasivan, V.V. Mathew, V. Venugopalan Nair, V. Vijulal, V. Vinay Menon, Vadakara V.VN. Menon, Varsha Bhaskar, Veena Roshan Jose, Vellayani Sundararaju, K.U. Vijayan, B. Vineetha, Vinod Madhavan, Vinoy Varghese Kailumoottill,
For Respondents:, Advocate General (K.P. Dandapani), E.S. Ashraf, S. Gopakumaran Nair, Asok M. Cherian, Murali Purushothaman, Alexander Thomas,, Georgekutty Mathew (C.G.S.C.), M. Ajay, M.K. Chandra Mohandas, M.L. Sajeevan, M.P. Prakash (Special Government Pleader), Renjith Thampan (Spl. Government Pleader), T.P.M. Ibrahim Khan (Assistant Solicitor General of India), P. Parameswaran Nair, (Assistant Solicitor General), Rojo Joseph Thuruthipara (A.C.G.S.C.).
J U D G M E N T
1. This bunch of Writ Petitions came up before me for considering whether the issues involved in them relate to any of the subjects enumerated in the letter bearing No.104/2011/KAT dated 25/6/2011 of the Registrar of the Kerala Administrative Tribunal and if so, whether they could be transferred to the Kerala Administrative Tribunal. The Kerala Administrative Tribunal was established as per Government of India notification No.G.S.R.705(E) dated 25th August, 2010, published in the Gazette of India extraordinary Part II-S/3-sub-s(1) No.476 dated 25.8.2010. As per order No.A-11014/9/2009 AT dated 25th August, 2010 of the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, the Chairman of the Tribunal was appointed. On 28th June, 2011 the Chairman issued order No.105/2011/KAT invoking the powers conferred on him by sub-s.(6) of S.5 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 (for short ‘the Act’) to the effect that with effect from 12th day of July, 2011, the Chairman, Kerala Administrative Tribunal would function as a Bench consisting of a Single Member and exercise the jurisdiction, powers and authority of Tribunal in respect of such classes of cases or such matters pertaining to such classes of cases as are specified therein. The aforesaid letter 25.06.2011 and the aforesaid order dated 28.6.2011 identified the following categories of cases for the said purposes.
“(a) Change of date of birth while in service,
(c) Entry in the character rolls made otherwise then as a measure of penalty under the Kerala Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1960,
(d) Allotment of and eviction from Government accommodation,
(e) Fixation of pay,
(f) Claims of medical reimbursement, leave, joining time and overtime,
(g) Grant of Family Pension,
(h) Grant or refusal to grant of advances/loans,
(i) Stagnation increments,
(j) Grant or refusal to grant or recovery of allowances,
(k) Payment of interest on pensionary benefits,
(m) Minor penalties.”
It is in the said circumstances that these cases are posted before me.