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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Delhi High Court developments

Dear Editor,

In my Post to the PC this afternoon, I referred to certain miracles that helped the Hyderabad Association to get over the series of hurdles and move forward with reference to our Writ Petition filed last week. The miracles have nothing to do with GNS playing the spoilsport. That part of it needs separate write up and I will be doing it later.

Yesterday, on being mentioned before Court No 2, our WP was directed to be posted before the designated Bench of Justice Khanna. But the Registry still posted the case for today before the routine Admissions Bench of Justice Gita Mittal. We had no choice other than to appear there and plead to transfer the matter to the designated Bench.


Then we learnt that the Admission Court is not going to sit today at all. It was a shocking development. We didn't want to give up. We approached the Registry at 10.30 and got the case posted before a substitute Bench (as Admissions Bench not sitting today). The first miracle happened. It was a specially typed Supplementary Cause List pasted outside Court No 5 of Justice Bhat exclusively for our case. It would get added at the end of the Board. Then there is the risk of the item not reaching at all. So we decided to mention at 2.15 PM (post - lunch) and request for transfer of the case to the designated Bench where we should finally go as per the SC Order.

Our attempt worked. We were heard. LIC Counsel was waiting quietly. Did not oppose, as per the undertaking given in SC on 31.03.2016. But Mr Garg the counsel for GNS butted in and vehemently opposed our Petition saying it is not maintainable. He tried to move a quote the SC Order of 31 March. It took just a few minutes for our Counsel to expose the fallacy of his argument, by reading out relevant portions from the SC Judgement. Justice Bhat understood the game and dictated the Order.
The final miracle took us where we wanted to go. I noticed Mr RK Singh outside the the Court (and possibly a colleague of his inside) to watch what is happening and enjoy Mr Garg's performance.

It is possible that GNS would persuade his counsel to repeat the drama on 30th May 2016. I wish he does. His brinkmanship and spoilsport role will get further exposed. It is never too late to learn lessons. It would benefit GNS if he is ready to learn.
We succeed today against many odds, in the sense that we didn't get stuck before another unconcerned Bench. It is a bundle of miracles and due to the good wishes of thousands of 'understanding' Pensioners across the country.
BIG THANKS TO ALL.

M Sreenivasa Murty