The Punjab Government had cleared the appointment of retired Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice MMS Bedi (retd) as the new Chairman of the Punjab Value Added Tax (VAT) Tribunal.
A decision to this effect was taken at the level of the Chief Minister following a nod from the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court two days ago. The Government has also approved the appointment of Punjab’s Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner Gurtej Singh as one of the VAT Tribunal members. While Justice Bedi had retired in October 2018, Gurtej Singh is due to retire from the government service in October this year, sources said.
The appointment of the Chairman and the members is for three years or till the person attains 67 of age, whichever is earlier. The Government had issued advertisements twice in the past but the selection proceedings could not be finalized earlier. This is the third time the government had issued applications and the process to hand over appointment letters to the Chairman and the members is likely to be completed soon.
Meanwhile, the process to select other members is still on as the records of the candidates are being scrutinized by the Selection Committee.
The development assumes significance as the coveted post was lying vacant since October, 2017, when the term of incumbent Justice AN Jindal (retd) had expired.
Following the selection committee’s recommendation, the Chief Minister had written to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking his formal nod regarding Justice Bedi (retd) and the same was received now.
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