Thursday, August 04, 2016
Dear All LIC Pensioners,
Our amended WP no 184/2007 came up today as scheduled. We were represented by our Sr. Counsel Shri Rakesh Khanna besides our Advocates on record. All the members of the Legal Committee were present in the Court.
We may inform our members that just on the eve of the hearing LIC had filed on 2/8/16 their counter to our petition taking, as expected, many untenable stands like stating that DS Nakara's case was relevant only for Govt pensioners . Even during the discussions we had with our Sr. Counsel last evening he was of the firm view that we should file a rejoinder. The affidavit of compliance on payment of 40% IR also came up for discussion.
During initial part of the proceedings, the Additional SG appearing for UOI stated that similar provisions like 3A exist in other pension schemes also and matter of constitutional validity has to be addressed. He sought time for filing his counter. The Bench also expressed that the constitutional validity has to be decided, and gave 10 days' time for the counter to be filed by the UOI.
The court then ordered us to file a rejoinder within 10 days and also directed all petitioners to file reply affidavits on the 40% payment issue. The Case now stands adjourned to 29/8/2016.
There could be any number of colorable versions of the proceedings today but we would confine to only the facts of the proceedings.
Gen Secretary Fed of Retd LIC Class I Officers Assns
Camp: New Delhi