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Thursday, March 31, 2016

TODAY IN SUPREME COURT - A MIXTURE OF SUCCESS & DEFEAT‏

Dear Editor,

The Order dictated by Justice Misra before rising for lunch and resumed after 2.00 PM, runs in to several pages. A number is finer issues in the Order should be discussed and evaluated only when the Order is available tonight/tomorrow in black and white.

The issues decided are:

1. All Appeals are referred to Delhi High Court, (including undecided ones like Allahabad and Ernakulam and other HCs if any) for decisions on fresh submissions to be made (Amended WPs) to be filed by the concerned Parties. 

2. Delhi HC shall constitute a Special Bench within 4 weeks to hear these Petitions and dispose of the same before end of August 2016. 

3. Although the three judgments are set aside (for not addressing the substantive issues of law) keeping the expectations of the Pensioners, interim relief equal to 40% shall be paid to all similarly placed Pensioners, in terms of the Judgement within four weeks.

4. IR will not be limited to Petitioners. It shall be to all.

5. Applications for intervention (Hyderabad & AIRIEF) are allowed.

Court made several observations pulling up the LIC and its insensitivity to its former employees ignoring their contribution.

SGI was not available and they brought Neeraj Kishen Kaul in his place whose preparation on facts was appallingly low.

There are many lessons to be learnt. The approach of many pundits on Sec 48 has proved to be our Achilles heel. 

I am resisting my temptation to say I TOLD YOU SO. THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR FAULT FINDING. BUT WE PAID A DEAR PRICE FOR NOT WORKING TOGETHER. BUT WE STILL HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE OUR FIGHT IN DELHI HC WITH A COMMON STRATEGY. MORE AFTER THE ORDER IS OUT.

ON MY WAY BACK TO HYDERABAD


Sreenivasa Murty M