Rank Pay with effect from 01.01.1986 – Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Order
The Chief of the Army Staff The Chief of the Air Staff The Chief of the Naval Staff
Subject: Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 4th September, 2012 in IA No. 9 of 2010 in Transfer Petition (C) No. 56 of 2007 – Union of India and Others versus N K. Nair and Others, etc.
“After the existing emoluments have been so increased, an amount equivalent to the Rank Pay, if any, appropriate to the rank held by the officer on 01 January 1986 at the rates prescribed in para 3(a) (ii) above, will be deducted…..”.
“Under these circumstances, the respondents 2 & 3 are directed to re- fix the pay of the petitioner with effect from 1.1.1986 without deducting the rank Pay of Rs.200 as has been done by the Respondents 2 & 3”.
We have carefully perused the judgement dated 5,10.1998 of the Ld. Single Judge as well as judgement dated 4.7.2003 of the Division Bench of the High Court of Keralaand we respectfully agree with the reasoning given therein for grant of Rank Pay retrospectively from 1.1.1986. We also direct interest be paid thereon at 6% pa.”
“On thoughtful consideration of the entire matter, we are satisfied that the order dated March 8, 2010 does not require any modification or variation save and except the interest part. As regards interest, on totality of the circumstances including the circumstance that Special Leave Petition arising from the judgement dated July 4, 2003 in the matter of Major A.K.Dhanapalan was dismissed by this Court in August, 2005 and the Kerala High Court had not ordered payment of interest on the arrears of pay, we direct that the interest shall be paid by the petitioners to the respondents @ 6% p.a. from January 1, 2006 instead of January 1, 1986. It is clarified that this order shall govern all similarly situated officers who have not approached the Court and also those who have filed Writ Petitions which are pending before various High Courts/Armed Forces Tribunal.”