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Saturday, September 19, 2009


1.       All Veteran Brothers may like to see the following News items:-

Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Portraying himself to be too busy to answer the high court’s summons in a case pertaining to the release of pensionary benefits of a 75-year-old war veteran has landed a senior bureaucrat in a spot.

Rejecting the exemption plea of the Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA), Meerut, the Punjab And Haryana High Court has issued warrants against him and directed SSP, Meerut, to ensure the officer’s presence on the next date of hearing.

Pronouncing the orders in an open court today, the Bench also ruled that the SSP should appear before the court at the next date of hearing in case he fails to comply the HC’s orders.

The 75-year old veteran, HS Lamba, has been waging a legal battle to get his reservist pension sanctioned. In separate cases disposed-off earlier, the HC had ruled that depending upon their service profile, some reservists were entitled to pension.

The CDA, in his exemption application put up before the court had contended that he was busy with the visit of the Controller General of Defence Accounts to Meerut on September 15. He had also claimed that he was holding the charge of two establishments and hence be exempted because of the heavy workload. The court, however, did not accept the grounds on which the exemptions were sought. The CDA had also missed out on attending earlier hearings also.

In a separate case concerning contempt of court, the high court today ordered the present defence secretary to appear before it on October 9. The petitioner, Lt Col Surjit Singh, had been granted pension by the HC after a long legal battle, but the orders had not been implemented by the authorities


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