Section 17 in The Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007

Title: Powers of the Tribunal on appeal under section 15

Description: The Tribunal, while hearing and deciding an appeal under section 15, shall have the power— (a) to order production of documents or exhibits connected with the proceedings before the court martial; (b) to order the attendance of the witnesses; (c) to receive evidence; (d) to obtain reports from Court martial; (e) order reference of any question for enquiry; (f) appoint a person with special expert knowledge to act as an assessor; and (g) to determine any question which is necessary to be determined in order to do justice in the case.

Title: Cost

Description: While disposing of the application under section 14 or an appeal under section 15, the Tribunal shall have power to make such order as to costs as it may deem just.

Title: Power to punish for contempt

Description: (1) Any person who is guilty of contempt of the Tribunal by using any insulting or threatening language, or by causing any interruption or disturbance in the proceedings of such Tribunal shall, on conviction, be liable to suffer imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years. (2) For the purposes of trying an offence under this section, the provisions of sections 14, 15, 17, 18 and 20 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 (70 of 1971) shall mutatis mutandis apply, as if a reference therein to— (a) Supreme Court or High Court were a reference to the Tribunal; (b) Chief Justice were a reference to the Chairperson; (c) Judge were a reference to the Judicial or Administrative Member of the Tribunal; (d) Advocate-General were a reference to the prosecutor; and (e) Court were a reference to the Tribunal.

Title: Distribution of business among the Benches

Description: The Chairperson may make provisions as to the distribution of the business of the Tribunal among its Benches.

Title: Application not to be admitted unless other remedies exhausted.

Description: (1) The Tribunal shall not ordinarily admit an application unless it is satisfied that the applicant had availed of the remedies available to him under the Army Act, 1950 (46 of 1950) or the Navy Act, 1957 (62 of 1957) or the Air Force Act, 1950 (45 of 1950), as the case may be, and respective rules and regulations made thereunder. (2) For the purposes of sub-section (1), a person shall be deemed to have availed of all the remedies available to him under the Army Act, 1950 (46 of 1950) or the Navy Act, 1957 (62 of 1957) or the Air Force Act, 1950 (45 of 1950), and respective rules and regulations— (a) if a final order has been made by the Central Government or other authority or officer or other person competent to pass such order under the said Acts, rules and regulations, rejecting any petition preferred or representation made by such person; (b) where no final order has been made by the Central Government or other authority or officer or other person competent to pass such order with regard to the petition preferred or representation made by such person, if a period of six months from the date on which such petition was preferred or representation was made has expired.