When I was leaving Delhi last night at 9.00 PM, (on a short two-week holiday in the US), M/s BR Mehta & SN Chhabra informed me that the 4 Dec Order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court, is listed for hearing tomorrow (24 Dec) before Justice Mahesh Grover. This was a development following some unprecedented level of follow up and persuasion by all the concerned.
I was expecting to see some Post in the PC, on this important development from the irrepressible BR Mehta. But didn't find one. Then I realized, just because I am awake at this ungodly hour for my own reason (2.30 AM IST), rest of India need not lose sleep.
On the subject proper, we filed an urgent Application in the Chandigarh HC to permit the Petitioners to withdraw the amount deposited by LIC in the Registry there, as per its computation, in terms of 4 Dec 2015 Order of SC. Normally it should be a cakewalk for us to get the Bench's NOD, having got the Order from the Apex Court, somewhat out of the way, on being mentioned.
But we had a taste on 14 Dec 2015, of the ugly stance that LIC may take. LIC would sing the stale song of 20% again. We are fully prepared and the Advocate has been briefed to contain LIC's bullying tactics.
We wait to see what view the Court takes on Thursday (the last working day before vacation) and what is in store for us. Hopefully, LIC would play safe and not invite the wrath of SC by obstructing our prayer this time around. In fact in the Order of SC dated 4 Dec, LIC has no locus to interfere. Let us see.
Sreenivasa Murty M
Dubai International Airport
BR MEHTA writes
Our urgent application is listed at Item no 134 in Court no 11 Justice Mahesh Grover.
Let us hope for the best.
Me and Sh. S.N. Chhabra will be there and try to inform you the outcome at the earliest.