On 31 March 2011, in the case of Capt KJS Buttar Vs Union of India, the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed that the benefit of broad-banding of disability element shall be admissible with effect from 01 Jan 1996 to pre-1996 retired/discharged disabled personnel too and the same shall also apply to those who were released on completion of terms or superannuated and not only to those who were invalided out on medical grounds.
As expected, the Ministry of Defence did not universally implement the decision and kept insisting that the decision was not in consonance with ‘govt policy’ which the said Ministry strangely feels is above judicial pronouncements of the highest court of the land.
And then in late 2013, in the utmost salutary traditions of the Ministry of Defence, the govt filed a Review Petition before the Supreme Court seeking review and reversal of the judgement rendered by the Court in Capt Buttar’s case.
However, thankfully, the said Review Petition of the Govt has been dismissed on 21 Jan 2014 by the Apex Court on the grounds of delay as well as merits.
Do not expect any positivity though and wait for the next round of sadism!