New Delhi, March 29
The Supreme Court has expressed dissatisfaction with the Center’s filing of appeals against the disability pension granted to army officers, even in cases where the legal situation is settled.
Weapons for Kodavas: Notice in Karnataka
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an opinion to the government of Karnataka regarding a petition challenging the permission given to the Kodavas, a martial community, to carry and possess firearms without a license under the Arms Act. TNS
“We must observe and express our dissatisfaction with the manner in which appellants have filed appeals against the award of disability pensions, even when the legal question is settled,” said a bench headed by Judge Sanjiv Khanna. She rejected the Center’s appeal against an order of the Tribunal des Armées (AFT) in a case of invalidity pension of a retired lieutenant-colonel.
The AFT (Chandigarh Bench) had granted in 2018 its request to round the invalidity part of its pension to 50% against 20% in view of the 2014 Supreme Court verdict in the Union of India v. Ram Avtar in which it was held that the benefit of rounding up the disability element was available not only to officers disabled out of service, but also to officers who retired after the end of their term.
“The dismissal of these cases will be considered by the high courts as well as tribunals in awarding appropriate relief to pensioners before them, if any, who receive or are entitled to disability pension,” the high court had noted. in his 2014 Verdict.
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