The recently notified Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities (Qualifications, Experience and other Conditions of Service of Members) Rules 2017 (the Rules) is yet another example of the Union government’s attempt to regulate the composition and functioning of the constitutionally independent judicial system.
Fulfilling its intentions under the Finance Act 2017, the Rules lay down a new structure for appointment, removal and conditions of service of members for several quasi-judicial bodies and tribunals. In effect, the Rules increase the role of the government and bring about a sweeping change to how these institutions function at present.
One such tribunal affected by the Rules is the nation’s environmental watchdog, the National Green Tribunal (the NGT). Formed through the National Green Tribunal