HP High Court directs state government to implement recommendations of Shetty Commission

Shimla/January 3
Himachal High Court on Friday directed the state government to implement recommendations of 1st National Judicial Pay Commission (Justice Shetty Commission) w.e.f. April 1, 2003 and quashed the HP Subordinate Courts Employees (Pay, Allowances & other conditions of service) Act, 2005.
A Division Bench comprising Justice D D Sud and Justice D C Chaudhary gave the verdict on a petition filed by the HP Non-gazetted Judicial Employees Welfare Association challenging the validity of 2005 Act.
The Bench observed that the Act was a colourable exercise of legislation as it overrules the directions of the Supreme Court of India to implement the Shetty Commission recommendations uniformly throughout the country and all the States except HP had implemented the recommendations citing the reasons of financial stringency and treating Judicial Officers/employees as different class, which had already been rejected by the Supreme Court.