Sitting Chairman and Members
Justice Manmohan Singh, B.A. L.L.B. - Enrolled as an Advocate on 12th August, 1980 with Bar Council of Delhi and started practice as an Advocate in Delhi High Court. Initially joined Shri Anoop Singh, Advocate practicing mostly on the original side in Trade Mark, Copy Right and Patent matters for about 9 years. After the death of Senior in 1989 he started independent practice on the original side dealing with Civil, Trade Mark and Copy Right cases independently in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India. He has attended national and international seminars and presented a number of papers therein on intellectual property side. Appointed as an Additional Judge of High Court of Delhi on 11th April, 2008. Retired on 21.09.2016.
In the course of his judicial career has delivered numerous landmark judgments under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Patents Act and the Copyright Act.
He has also been the Chairman of the Public Interest Litigation Committee, Member of the Committee for Appointment of Official of High Court and Member of the Building Maintenance & Construction Committee of Rohini Court Complex, and has immensely contributed for the well being of the institution.
He joined this Tribunal on 22nd September, 2016 as a Chairman.
Born on 4th April, 1959 to Late Smt. Janhabi and Late Shri Damodar Mishra at Bolangir, Odisha. Did schooling at Tikrapara U.P. School and P.R High School, Bolangir, Odisha; Graduated in B.Com. (Hons.) from Rajendra College, Bolangir, Odisha in 1979; Bachelor of Laws from L.R. Law College, Sambalpur University, Odisha in 1982 and enrolled as an Advocate with Odisha State Bar Council, Cuttack and with the District Bar Association, Bolangir, Odisha in 1983 and continued legal practice till February, 1995 in the field of Civil, Criminal and Revenue Laws. Did Master of Laws in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Banking and Taxation Laws (IT) from University of Mumbai, Mumbai. Being selected as Public Prosecutor, CBI, through U.P.S.C., joined as such at CBI/ACB/Calcutta (than) in February, 1995 till mid November, 1999. Thereafter, being selected as Assistant Legal Adviser in Government of India, M/o of Finance, Department of Revenue, Directorate of Enforcement, through U.P.S.C., joined in the said capacity at Chennai from mid November, 1999 till June, 2001. Simultaneously selected as Assistant Legal Adviser, through UPSC, in the cadre of Indian Legal Service, joined as such in Government of India, Ministry of Law & Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, in June 2001 and posted initially at Chennai and thereafter at Mumbai, at Bangalore and finally in the main secretariat at New Delhi. During the period from June 2001 to September, 2016 worked in different capacities up to the rank of Joint Secretary & Legal Adviser. While posted at Mumbai from 2001-08 notified and appeared as Govt. Pleader, High Court of Bombay at Mumbai for Union of India in 2003 till 2008. Thereafter, while posted at Bangalore during the period 2008 to 2012 notified and appeared as Govt. Pleader, High Court of Karnataka for Union of India. While posted as Joint Secretary & Legal Adviser in the Main Secretariat, Ministry of Law & Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, New Delhi, appointed as Member (Law) in Adjudicating Authority under Prevention of Money Laundering Act during the period of 2015-16. Finally, selected as Member of Appellate Tribunal established under Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, 1976 and joined the post w.e.f. forenoon of 26.09.2016.
After finishing school from St Michael’s Patna, Anand Kishore joined Hindu College, Delhi and graduated in Political Science in 1976 and finished post-graduation in 1978 in the same subject.
He started his career with the General Insurance Corporation of India as an Assistant Administrative Officer (Trainee) from 1st June 1980 to 30th November 1980. Subsequently, he joined the State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer and was with the State Bank of India from 3rd December 1980 to 31st August 1982 i.e. before joining the Indian Revenue Service on the 1st September 1982. These exposures, though short, gave him tremendous knowledge about the insurance business and the functioning of commercial banks – especially accounting and financial management.
After his tenure as I.T.O. and Assistant Director of Investigation at New Delhi, he was selected/appointed as Under Secretary in the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Department of Revenue and was posted in ITA-1 Section from January 1988 to October 1990. Subsequently, he was posted as Deputy/Joint Assessor & Collector in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi from October 1990 to 1995. During this period the Bye Laws to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the system of determination of Rateable Value for levy of property taxes were defined.
During his stay in Ministry of Agriculture (1995-2000), he was initially posted in the Personnel Division, which enabled him to gain rich experience in Establishment and Administrative matters. Subsequently, he handled the desk of International Cooperation, which gave him ample opportunities to represent the country in bilateral and multilateral meetings with representatives of various countries, which widened his knowledge of the Agricultural/Cooperative sector in India as well as many other countries.
Further, he was also nominated by the Government of India and sponsored by the Australian Government for doing a course in Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Sydney during 1999. In the said course, which was rich in aspects of financial management, marketing management, human behavior, international marketing/trade etc., he received the certificate of “Post Graduate Outstanding Academic Achievement” award of Fred Hollows College, University of Western Sydney.
Subsequent to his promotion as Commissioner of Income tax, he was initially posted in the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi from August 2002 to August 2003. The stay in the Tribunal gave him rich experience in interpretation of various laws of the country, especially Income tax law and its practice. From August 2003 onwards, he was posted as Commissioner of Income tax (Appeals)-XI, New Delhi and thereafter as Commissioner of Income tax (Appeals)-VIII, Kolkata till August 2008. From August 2008 till September 2012, he was posted as Commissioner of Income Tax, Patna.
From September 2012 to September 2015, he worked as Chief Vigilance Officer, Engineers India Limited. The CVO heads the Vigilance Division of the organization concerned and assists the Chief Executive in all matters pertaining to Vigilance and provides a link between his organization and the Central Vigilance Commission on one hand and his organization and the Central Bureau of Investigation on the other. The objective of the post of CVO in a PSE is to ensure that integrity and ethics are built into the systems, governance processes and work culture of the Corporation. Towards the achievement of this objective, the CVO is required to perform essentially a two-pronged role: i) effective punitive vigilance involving speedy detection and punishment of corruption and other malpractices, and ii) preventive vigilance by way of introducing system improvements and laying down transparent policies for good governance, with a view to minimize discretion in decision making, eliminating arbitrariness and reducing vulnerability to corruption. In addition, the role of CVO covers general overall surveillance and detection of any violation/deviation from existing guidelines of the company and eliminating the same.
After finishing his tenure as Chief Vigilance Officer, Engineers India Limited, he came back to his parent cadre and was posted as Chief Commissioner of Income-Tax, New Delhi and was supervising the work of the Principal Commissioners of Income-Tax having jurisdiction over some Companies and Business Wards as well as Professionals. In addition, he was also given the charge of Chief Commissioner of Income-Tax-Exemptions, New Delhi having jurisdiction all over India in respect of Organizations claiming exemption under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
Subsequently, the President of India was pleased to appoint him as Member, Appellate Tribunal established under Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, 1976 and he joined the Tribunal on 27th September, 2016.
Smt. Ananya Ray is an IRS (C & CE) Officer of the 1980 Batch. She has worked in Custom, Central Excise & Service Tax, both as executive, enforcement, and quasi judicial authorities. She has also been on Govt. of India central deputation as Director in the Department of Pharmaceuticals and JS & FA in the Ministry of Water Resources.
Smt. Ray has done her post graduation (M.A.) from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and M.Phil in ‘Patents and Pharmaceuticals’ in the context of WTO Agreement from Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Smt. Ray is a recepient of the Presidential Award for Specially Distinguished Record of Service.
She has a wide range of experience and is widely travelled both in India and abroad.
She has been a member of many Committees, and Joint Commissions of India with other countries. Recently, in July 2017 her deft handling as Head of the Indian delegation in the BRICs Customs Cooperation Meeting held in Bussels, Belgium, saw India gaining a major victory where she was able to tilt the negotiations in India’s favour inspite of strong objection and reservations from China earlier.
She was appointed by the Govt. of India as Special Secretary to the Govt. of India and Member Customs, CBEC dealing interalia with all international conventions, agreements, laws etc where India is a member/signatory.
She has since been appointed by the Govt. Of India as Member in the Appellate Tribunal of PMLA, NDPS, FEMA, SAFEMA, BP Act etc. on 10.10.2017 in the apex scale. She has joined the Tribunal on 23.10.2017 as Member.