Powers and Authority of Claims Tribunal
powers and authority of Claims Tribunal.-
(1) The Claims
Tribunal shall exercise, on and from the appointed day, all such
jurisdiction, powers and authority as were exercisable immediately
before that day by any Civil Court or a Claims Commissioner appointed
under the provisions of Railway Act,-
(a) relating to the responsibility of the railway administrations
as carriers under Chapter VII of the Railways Act in respect of
(i) compensation for loss, destruction, damages, deterioration
or non-delivery of animals or good entrusted to a railway administration
for carriage by railway ;
(ii) compensation payable under Sec. 82-A of the Railways Act
or the rules made thereunder; and
(b) in respect of the claims for refund of fares or part thereof
or for refund of any freight paid in respect of animals or goods
entrusted to a railway administration to be carried by railway.
[(1-A) The Claims
Tribunal shall also exercise, on and from the date of commencement
of the provisions of Sec.124-A of the Railways Act, 1989 (24 of
1989), all such jurisdiction, powers and authority as were exercisable
immediately before that date by any Civil Court in respect of
claims for compensation now payable by the Railway Administration
under Sec. 124-A of the said Act or the Rules made thereunder.]
(2) The provision
of the [Railways Act, 1989] and the rules made thereunder shall,
so far as may be, be applicable for inquiring into or determining
any claims by the Claims Tribunal under this Act.
of business amongst Benches.
(1) Where any Benches
are constituted, the Central Government may, from time to time,
by notification, make provisions as to the distribution of the
business of the Claims Tribunal amongst the benches and specify
the matters which may be dealt with by each Bench.
(2) If any question
arises as to whether any matter falls within the purview of the
business allocated to a Bench, the decision of the Chairman shall
Explanation.- For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared
that the expression "matters" includes an application
under Sec. 20.
15. Bar of
jurisdiction.-On and from the appointed day, no Court or other
authority shall have, or be entitled to, exercise any jurisdiction,
powers or authority in relation to the matters referred to in
[sub-sections (1) and 1-A] of Sec.13.