Demystifying Central Administrative Tribunal


Chambers of Ishaan Garg

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The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) is a specialized tribunal in India that deals with disputes and grievances related to recruitment, terms of service, and conditions of service of government employees. It was established under the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, and its objective is to provide a speedy and inexpensive remedy to government employees in cases of service-related matters.

Key points about the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) include:

1. Jurisdiction: CAT has the jurisdiction to adjudicate disputes and matters related to the recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or any State.

2. Appellate Authority: CAT hears appeals against the orders of the disciplinary authority, and it has the power to grant relief in cases of service matters.

3. Composition: The tribunal consists of a Chairman and such number of Vice-Chairmen and Members as the government may deem necessary. The members are appointed by the President of India.

4. Procedure: CAT follows a summary procedure in dealing with cases, with an emphasis on the expeditious disposal of matters.

5. Appeal: The decisions of CAT can be challenged before the High Court on a point of law.

What does it do?

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) deals with service related grievances of government employees. Some of the main areas of service related disputes that CAT deals with includes:

1.  Recruitment and appointment: CAT can adjudicate disputes related to appointments, promotions, and transfers of government employees.

2.  Conditions of service: CAT has the jurisdiction to decide disputes related to issues such as leave, pay, and allowances of government employees.

3.  Disciplinary matters: CAT hears appeals against orders of disciplinary authorities imposed on government employees.

4.  Pension and retirement benefits: CAT can adjudicate disputes relating to pension entitlements, gratuity, and other retirement benefits.

5.  Any other matter that may be notified by the government: Apart from the above-mentioned areas, the government can also extend the jurisdiction of CAT to any other matter related to the service of government employees.

Procedure to file grievance.

To file a grievance with the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), you can follow the procedure outlined below:

1.  Prepare the application: Prepare a written application called an Original Application (OA) in the prescribed format. Include all the necessary details such as your name, address, the name(s) of the government department(s) you are filing a complaint against, the nature of the grievance, and the relief sought.

2.  Supporting documents: Attach all the relevant supporting documents to the OA, such as appointment letters, promotion orders, transfer orders, disciplinary proceedings, and any other documents that substantiate your case.

3.  Affidavit: Prepare an affidavit affirming the truthfulness of the facts mentioned in the OA. The affidavit must be notarized.

4.  Fee payment: Pay the prescribed fee for filing the OA. The fee amount may vary depending on the nature of the grievance and the relief sought. The fee payment receipt should be kept as proof of payment.

5.  Submission: Submit the complete set of documents, including the OA, affidavit, supporting documents, and fee payment receipt, to the registry of the respective CAT bench. Keep a copy of all the documents for your records. Obtain an acknowledgment receipt for the submission.

6.  Case number and notice: After filing the OA, the CAT registry will assign a case number to your complaint. You will receive a notice from the CAT containing the details of the case number and the date of the first hearing.

It is important to note that the specific procedure for filing a grievance with CAT may vary slightly depending on the jurisdiction and may be subject to any rules or regulations issued by the CAT.

Please keep in mind that this information is a general overview, and it is advisable to consult Chambers of Ishaan Garg to legal advice for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the procedure for filing a grievance with CAT.

Overall, CAT provides a forum for an effective and expeditious redressal of the grievances of government employees, ensuring that government employees have a fair and expeditious resolution of their service-related grievances.

By: Mr. Ishaan Garg

Founder- Chambers of Ishaan Garg


Founder- Delhi Young Lawyers Association

LL.M(Corporate Law), LL.M (Arbitration), LL.M(Family Law),LL.M(Constitutional Law), B.B.A.LL.B(Hons)