Mulayam proposes, babu disposes
JUDGES UP to the rank of district judge are severely displeased with the Mulayam administration, thanks to an order passed by the Additional Director Treasuries, UP. The March 2 order, passed by the Additional Director, Treasuries, Allahabad, said that the announcement made by the Chief Minister would be effective after January 27, 2006 and not before that.
Now for some facts. Members of the subordinate judiciary did not have telephone, car, uniform allowance, residence, encashment leave, medical allowance and several other facilities like their counterparts in the executive.
The all-India Judges Association had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court and the apex court had passed two verdicts on March 21, 2002 and on December 6, 2005. This order was applicable to all the members of the sub-ordinate judiciary of the country.
The then president of the UP Judicial Services Association Shailendra Saxena (now Judge of the high court) made a lot of efforts for the implementation of this order in the State. Working president AK Agrawal and secretary Mangal Prasad took up the matter with the State Government. Then advocate general Virendra Bhatia did all the spadework and convinced the Chief Minister to comply with the order of the apex court in toto.
On January 27, 2006, a government order (GO), duly signed by the Governor, announced that judges would have a telephone at their office and residence, facility a car, Rs 5000 for uniform every five years and many other perks. The Chief Minister made them happier by announcing that the order would be applicable with retrospective effect from March 21, 2002 (the date of the first order of the Supreme Court in this regard). This meant that the judges would get a handsome amount as arrears.
The Additional Director, Treasuries’, March 2 order meant that the judges would receive arrears with a massive cut.
The association president told the ‘Hindustan Times’, “This is disturbing. All judges of the sub-ordinate judiciary are making frantic calls to me. We will take up the matter with the Chief Minister. The officer has exceeded his powers.’
Secretary Mangal Prasad did not conceal his displeasure and said, “This is the height. This is contempt of the apex court. I have already registered a protest and sent a copy to the Registrar General Allahabad High court.”
Meanwhile, Director Treasuries Om Narain said, “I do not have details of the order.”