Release pensionary benefits to retired SRTC employees: High Court
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Dec 22: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Finance Department, Director Codes, State Road Transport Corporation and Transport Department to release pensionary benefits, including COLA and leave salary, in favour of retired SRTC employees.
Granting four weeks to respondents to implement the judgment passed by the court on December 27, 2011 a Bench of Justice Verinder Singh directed the Financial Commissioner, Finance, to appear in person in case of failure.
The court disapproved of argument of senior Additional Advocate General, A M Magray, in which he said the Law department has taken up the matter with Finance department and a decision on filing SLP in Supreme Court was likely to take some time.
The Court said it was without logic that LPA came to be dismissed on July 27, 2012 and till now the concerned departments have not taken a decision on grant of relief in keeping with the High Court directions or on filing SLP in Supreme Court.
In an appeal, the state government had challenged the Single Bench order on the pensionary benefits. A Division Bench of High Court dismissed the appeal as it upheld the Single Bench decision.
Earlier the court had quashed the letter, dated January 29, 2008, written by the Finance Department to SRTC, and directed the official respondents to release pensionary benefits, including COLA and leave salary of the employees.
The Court had asked the respondent Corporation to ensure release of the benefits in favour of the petitioners irrespective of its financial condition failing which petitioners, the court said, were entitled to the due amount with 8 percent interest. Senior Counsel B A Bashir represented the petitioners.
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