Centre defends law on tribunal reforms in SC

Updated: few hours ago

New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) The Centre has defended in the Supreme Court the validity of the new tribunal reforms law, which regulates issues such as appointment and tenure of presiding and other members in tribunals, and said the “independence of the judiciary” is not a ground that can be used for testing the statutes.

The reply affidavit by the Centre has been filed in response to a batch of petitions filed by the Madras Bar Association, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and others challenging the constitutionality of the Act.

The Centre's defence to the Tribunal Reforms Act, 2021, assumes significance in view of the fact that a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana had termed as "serious issue" the passage of the Bill on tribunals with the provisions, struck down earlier, without any debate in Parliament.