Shimla: Circuit bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal was inaugurated today in the High Court of H.P. by the Chief Justice Kurian Joseph.
In his inaugural address, Kurian Joseph said that everybody has the right to justice and he should not have to beg for justice, which is included in his right to live with dignity. The Chief Justice praised the role of armed personnel in defending the country and said that all this while they have been taking care of us and now it is our turn to take care of them.
He called upon to set up circuit benches in various places of the region so as to provide speedy and accessible justice to all. He also called upon the judges to evolve methods within the system to provide relief to the needy people. The programme was also addressed by Judge (Retd.) of the Supreme Court of India and the Chairperson, Armed Forces Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi Justice A.K. Mathur, and Chairman, AFT, Regional Bench, Chandigarh Justice Ghanshyam Prasad. Judges of the High Court Justices R.B. Misra, Surjeet Singh, D.D. Sud, V.K. Ahuja, Kuldip Singh and Rajiv Sharma along with Chief Secretary Rajwant Sandhu, Advocate General R.K. Bawa and a number of Army Officers were also present on the occasion.
The first circuit bench of Armed Forces Tribunal at Shimla will be held in the premises of the High Court from May 09, 2011 to May 11, 2011. The service matters, pension matters and appeals against Court martial shall be taken up in the Armed Forces Tribunal.