What is an Armed Forces Tribunal?

The Armed Forces Tribunal has been made for the trial of persons in the Armed Forces, which may include persons from the Army, Navy or Airforce. The Tribunal looks into disputes and complaints with respect to appointments, conditions of service, disciplinary proceedings etc. The main branch of the Tribunal is in New Delhi but it has regional branches at Chandigarh, Lucknow, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai and Jaipur. The tribunals follow the normal procedure as practiced in the High Courts of India and all the proceedings are in English. Persons who are not in the armed forces cannot approach this Tribunal as this is only meant for the armed forces and their trial.

Why is AFSPA a controversial law?

The AFSPA gives too much power to the Armed Forces, even to extent of killing someone only on the grounds of suspicion. This has been seen as opposed to the right to life as granted by the Constitution of India.