Court issues contempt notices – directs Himachal to implement Shetty Pay Commission in toto

Shimla:   Having rubbished the HP Subordinate Courts Employees (Pay, Allowances & other conditions of service) Act 2005 on 3rd January, 2014, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today directed the state government to implement the complete recommendations of the 1st National Judicial Pay Commission (Shetty Commission) within two weeks.

For failing to comply with court orders, the court also issued contempt notices to the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Finance) and Principal Secretary (Law) on a contempt petition filed by HP Non-gazetted Judicial Employees Welfare Association.Law and money

The division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan directed the government to implement the Shetty Commission recommendations with effect from 1st April, 2003 regarding pay, allowances and other benefits of the employees of subordinate courts.

When quashing the HP Subordinate Courts Employees Act, 2005, the court had termed it as “a colourful exercise in legislation, which overrules the directions of the Supreme Court of India to implement the Shetty Commission recommendations uniformly throughout the country.”

The Petitioner Association had then moved an Execution petition in the High Court and on September 15, 2014 and the High Court had directed the government to comply with the directions within 12 weeks.

The petitioners have alleged willful disobedience of the Court orders.

The Court has directed all respondents to be present in court on 1st April, 2015, the day when the matter is listed next.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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