What is the Procedure and powers of Tribunals? Section 22 of Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985
(1) A Tribunal shall not be bound by the procedure laid down in the Code of
Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908) but shall be guided by the principles of
natural justice and subject to the other provisions of this Act and of any rules
made by the Central Government, the Tribunal shall have power to regulate its
own procedure including the fixing of places and times of its inquiry and
deciding whether to sit in public or in private.
(2) A Tribunal shall decide every application made to it as expeditiously as possible and ordinarily every application shall be decided on a perusal of documents and written representations and [after hearing such oral arguments as may be advanced].
(3) A Tribunal shall have, for the purposes of [discharging
its functions under this Act], the same powers as are vested in
a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of
1908) while trying a suit, in respect of the following matters,
(a) summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath;
(b) requiring the discovery and production of documents;
(c) receiving evidence of affidavits;
(d) subject to the provisions of sections 123 and 124 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 (1 of 1872) requisitioning and public record or document or copy of such record or document from any office;
(e) issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents;
(f) reviewing its decisions;
(g) dismissing a representation for default or deciding it ex- parte;
(h) setting aside any order of dismissal of any representation fro default or any order passed by it ex-parte ; and
(i) any other matter which may be prescribed by the Central Government.