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P Ramakrishnam Raju v. Union of India & Ors

P Ramakrishnam Raju v. Union of India & Ors

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REPORTABLE IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL ORIGINAL JURISDICTIONWRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 521 OF 2002
 P. Ramakrishnam Raju .... Petitioner (s)VersusUnion of India & Ors. .... Respondent(s)
 
WITH WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 523 OF 2002WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 524 OF 2002WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 3 OF 2003WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 3! OF 2003WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 4"5 OF 2005ANDCIVIL APPEAL NOS.424!#424$ OF 2014(A%&'& *+, *- S.L.P. (C) N*'. $55!#$55$ *- 2010)
 J U D G M E N T
P.S,/'& CJI.
1)The main question whih arises for onsideration is whether !i"h #ourt $ud"es% who are appointed from the ar
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under 'rtie 1*()(+) of the #onstitution of India% on retirement% are entited for an addition of 1, -ears to their serie for the purposes of their pension/ )The a+oe petitions hae +een fied +- former $ud"es of the arious !i"h #ourts of the ountr- as we as +- the 'ssoiation of the Retired $ud"es of the 0upreme #ourt and the !i"h #ourts eeated from the ar.)The petitioners hae pra-ed that the num+er of -ears pratied as an adoate sha +e taken into aount and sha +e added to the serie as a $ud"e of the !i"h #ourt for the purpose of determinin" the ma2imum pension permissi+e under Part3I of the 4irst 0hedue to the !i"h #ourt $ud"es (0aaries and #onditions of 0erie) 't% 1567 (in short 8the !#$ 't9). It was further stated that in respet of Part3III of the 4irst 0hedue% whih deas with the $ud"es eeated from the 0tate $udiia 0erie% amost a the $ud"es "et fu pension een if the- hae worked as a $ud"e of the !i"h #ourt for  or  -ears and their entire serie is added to their serie as a $ud"e of the !i"h #ourt for omputin"
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pension under this Part. 4or this reason% the mem+ers of the su+ordinate judiiar- "et more pension than the $ud"es eeated from the ar on retirement.7)In iew of the a+oe% the petitioners pra-ed that thou"h Part3I and Part3III $ud"es hod equiaent posts% the- are not simiar- situated in re"ard to pension and retirement +enefits whih is +reah of 'rties 17 and 1 of the #onstitution of India and one rank one pension must +e the norm in respet of a onstitutiona offie. It is further pra-ed that the retired $ud"es of the !i"h #ourts shoud aso +e "ien enhaned aowane for domesti hep:peon:drier% teephone e2penses and other seretaria assistane. 6);e hae heard the ar"uments adaned +- earned ounse for the parties and perused the reords.<)The #onstitution of India proides for three3tier judiias-stem. The Union $udiiar-3=sta+ishment and #onstitution of 0upreme #ourt of India ('rties 17 to 17*)> The !i"h #ourts in the 0tates ('rties 17 to 1) and 0u+ordinate #ourts ('rtie  to *). The #onstitution of India aso
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