Armed Forces Tribunal Inaugurated
Ø The Armed Forces Tribunal was inaugurated by the President of India, Pratibha Patil on August 8, 2009.
Ø It has come into being 27 years after the Supreme Court has observed the lacuna.
Ø Law Minister M.Veerappa Moily described the AFT as the magna carta of Indian military history.
Ø The decisions of the AFT can only be challenged in the Supreme Court.
Ø Chairperson of the AFT is A.K.Mathur (former Supreme Court Judge).
Ø AFT will have 29 members.
Ø A total of 15 courts will be set up –
· 3 in New Delhi
· 3 in Chandigarh
· 3 in Lucknow
· 1 in Calcutta
· 1 in Guwahati
· 1 in Mumbai
· 1 in Kochi
· 1 in Chennai
· 1 in Jaipur
Points to Remember:
Union Law Minister – M.Veerappa Moily
Chairperson of AFT – A.K.Mathur
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