1. ADMINISTRATIVE SET-UP:
Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal constituted
under the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 under Article 323-A of the Constitution
of India started functioning from 01-11-1989 in the capital city of Hyderabad.
The Office of the APAT is located in Purani Haveli of Hyderabad in old city.
This is the only Tribunal functioning with jurisdiction all over the state.
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2. FUNCTIONS OF THE A.P.A.T:
1. Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal mainly
deals with grievances of the State Government Employees coming under the purview
of the Administrative Tribunals Act, whenever their fundamental rights under
the Constitution of India concerning their service and Conditions of Service
are affected. This exercise was hitherto being done by the High Court of Andhra
Pradesh under Article 226/227 of the Constitution of India.
2. The Tribunal is also empowered to deal with disputes regarding recruitment
and matters concerning recruitment to any Civil Service of the State or to any
Civil post under the State, Local Authority or Corporation. The A.P.A.T have,
for the purpose of discharging its functions under the Administrative Tribunals
Act have the same powers as are vested in a Civil Court under the Civil Procedure
Code, 1908 while trying a suit, subject to the provisions of Sections 123 and
124 of Indian Evidence Act, 1872 for requisitioning of any public record or
document or a copy of such record or document from any office etc.
3. As per Section 30 of the Administrative Tribunals Act all proceedings before
the Tribunal shall be deemed to be judicial proceedings within the meaning of
Sections 193, 219 and 228 of the India Penal Code and as per Section 31 of the
Act, the Chairman, Vice-Chairmen, Members, Officers and employees of the Tribunal,
as provided by Section 13 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, shall be deemed
to be public servants within the meaning of Section 21 of the Indian Penal Code.
4. It is empowered to exercise powers under Contempt of Court Act, 1971, in
respect of Contempt of itself as a High Court has and may exercise.
5. The Administrative Tribunal Procedure Rules, 1989 and the Administrative
Tribunal Practice Rules, 1995 are framed for its smooth functioning.