News By/Courtesy: Harshit Sharma | 30 Jun 2019 16:30pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Karnataka High Court has held that a chairperson of Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal is not entitled to a salary equivalent to that of the Chief Justice of the High Court.
  • The writ appeal was filed by the current Chairperson of the Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal, Dr. Justice K. Bhakthavatsala
  • The KSAT Chairman contended that he was not only discharging judicial duties, but also carrying out administrative duties relating to the administration of the whole state.

The Karnataka High Court has held that a chairperson of Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal is not entitled to a salary equivalent to that of the Chief Justice of the High Court. The writ appeal was filed by the current Chairperson of the Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal, Dr. Justice K. Bhakthavatsala, who has also been the former judge of the High Court of Karnataka. The KSAT Chairman contended that he was not only discharging judicial duties, but also carrying out administrative duties relating to the administration of the whole state. He also highlighted that he, in fact, had more work to perform than the Chairperson of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). While dismissing the appeal, a bench comprising of the Chief Justice Abhay S. Oka and Justice HT Narendra Prasad observed that:

“The contention raised by the appellant that he performs onerous duties as the Chairman of the State Administrative Tribunal, and therefore, he should be treated on par with the Chief Justice of the High Court for the purpose of pay and other service conditions. But we are afraid that cannot be done unless the said Rules of 1986 which have been framed by the Central Government in the exercise of rule-making power under clause (c) of sub-section (2) of Section 35 of the said Act of 1985 are amended. As per Rule 15A of the said Rules of 1986, the appellant is entitled the to the salary of a sitting Judge of High Court Judge as a fixed pay. Therefore, we concur with the view taken by the learned Single Judge.”

Section Editor: Sandeep G | 01 Jul 2019 22:12pm IST


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