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Delhi HC directs Delhi govt to release employees’ salary for 2020-21

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The Delhi High Court has on Wednesday directed the Delhi Government to continue releasing salaries for the last quarter of the financial year 2020-21 as undertaken by it in its affidavit.

A divisional bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad noted that the aspect of public interest raised by the petitioners herein stands adequately addressed.

The Public Interest Litigation has been filed by Udaibir Singh and several other employees of the Delhi University on the grievance that their salaries and allowances have not been released.

As per the order, the stand of the Delhi Government was that no further amounts have been released to the respondent college for the reason that against the sum of Rs 11.50 crores released for the first two quarters of the year 2019-20, a sum of Rs 12.89 crore has already been released in the first quarter of the financial year 2020-21.

“The aforesaid stand has however been vehemently disputed by Ms. Soni, the counsel appearing for the respondent No.5/College. This court had permitted the respondent No.5/College to submit a representation to the Delhi Government, raising the disputes regarding release of funds to the college and Delhi Government was directed to respond thereto,” said the Court in its order.

“Mr. Raja, learned ASC, states that as regards the arrears of salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the respondent No. 3, 4 and 7/Colleges for the month of October, 2020 onwards and for respondent No.5/College from August, 2020 onwards, compliances have been made,” the Court noted.

The Delhi High Court directed that Delhi Government shall continue releasing salaries for the last quarters of the Financial year 2020-21 as undertaken by it in its affidavit dated 10.12.2020.

The bench further noted, “We have been informed by learned counsel for parties that the said issue is pending consideration before the learned single judge in a batch of petitions.”

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The bench further noted down in its order that no further orders are required to be passed in this petition. Whereas, the bench disposed of the petition.

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