State Administrative Tribunal Abolished, Lawyers Move Orissa HC Challenging Centre's Notification

06 August 2019


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Bhubaneswar: Four years after Odisha Government decided to abolish the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), Department of Personnel and Training under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has finally issued a notification in this regard.

The Gazette issued on August 2 reads, "On request from the Government of Odisha, the Central Government had established the Odisha Administrative Tribunal with effect from the 14th July, 1986. A notification had been issued in this regard on 4th July, 1986. Now, after obtaining the concurrence of the High Court of Orissa, the Odisha Govt has made a request for abolition of the said Odisha Administrative Tribunal and thus the Central Government hereby rescinds the earlier notification."

Challenging the Gazette notification, Dhuliram Patnaik, President of SAT Bar Association filed a writ petition in Orissa High Court and said, "Over 70,000 cases are pending. If SAT is abolished then all these cases will go to the Courts. Will they be able to handle it? The litigants are ultimate sufferers. The petition requests to stay the order of abolition."

The Court has fixed hearing date for Wednesday (August 6).

Established on July 14, 1986, the SAT has its principal bench in Bhubaneswar, a regular bench in Cuttack and circuit benches in Sambalpur and Berhampur.

The cabinet had approved to abolish SAT on September 9, 2015 as its very objective to give quick justice to employees could not be achieved. However, the final execution had been pending due to matters like suitable adjustment of the employees of SAT and decision on pending cases in the Tribunal.

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Dhuliram Patnaik, President, SAT Bar Association