P. Ramakrishnam Raju v. Union of India & Ors.
WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 521 OF 2002
CIVIL APPEAL NOS.4248-4249 OF 2014(Arising out of S.L.P. (C) Nos. 9558-9559 of 2010) JUDGEMENT on MARCH 31, 2014.
A petition has been filed by former Judges of the various High Courts of the country as well as by the Association of the Retired Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts elevated from the Bar, for the addition of 10 years of high court judges after their retirement, who are appointed from the Bar under article 217(2)(b) of the Constitution of India. A bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam , Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N.V. Ramana accept the petitioners’ claim and declare that for pensionary benefits, ten years’ practice as an advocate be added as a qualifying service for Judges elevated from the Bar. Further, in order to remove arbitrariness in the matter of pension of the Judges of the High Courts elevated from the Bar, the reliefs, as mentioned above are to be reckoned from 01.04.2004, the date on which Section 13A was inserted by the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2005 (46 of 2005). Requisite amendment be carried out in the High Court Judges Rules, 1956 with regard to post-retiral benefits as has been done in relation to the retired Judges of the Supreme Court in terms of amendment carried out by Rule 3B of the Supreme Court Judges Rules, 1959….read more