Cuttack, Jan 29 (LocalWire): Odisha High Court delivered an important judgement benefitting hundreds of employees of different state-owned corporations who were made to retire at the age of 58 as the state government inordinately delayed the approval changing the age of retirement from 58 to 60 years.
Today, the Hon’ble Justice Biswanath Rath rejected the premature retirement of the petitioner and directed the corporation to clear all his arrears with 7% interest within six weeks.
The HC also directed them to revise his payment and pension in case he wishes to continue his service till 60 years of age.
In 2015, one Biresh Chandra Giri, the Accounts Manager of the Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (under the Department of Home) challenged his retirement notice dated 06.07.2015 asking him to retire on 30.09.2015 at the age 58.
As the decision of the Police Housing Corporation dated 22.09.2014 enhancing the retirement age from 58 to 60 was still pending approval before the state government back then, Giri was forced to retire at the age of 58
However, on 23.11.2015, the state government passed the pending decision enhancing the retirement age from 58 to 60 years instructed the same to come into force w.e.f 23.11.2015 giving no reasons behind the delay.
As a consequence, many employees, including the petitioner, lost two years of their valuable service.
However, Giri challenged the action of the State and his corporation and demanded two years of his service and other financial benefits in front of the court with the help of his advocate Prasanna Kumar Nanda in 2015.
Finally, the court has announced the judgment in his favour after the hearing conducted on 14.01.2020. Hon’ble Justice Biswanath Rath concluded the hearing and the judgement was reserved.
Edited by Meenal Singh