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HC seeks CCS response on plea over Assam Rifles

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The has sought the response of the (CCS) on a plea seeking directions to remove the dual control of and bring it under the The next hearing is slated for May 8.

At present, the administrative control of lies with the Home Ministry, while the operational control is with the leading to violation of the rights of the troopers of India's oldest paramilitary force, said the plea filed by the All Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association through Neha Rathi.

A bench of Justices and issued notice to the CCS on Tuesday. The order was made available on Friday.

On December 3 last year, the court ordered the Home and Defence Ministries to hold a meeting to resolve the matter and place before it the decision taken in an affidavit.

The informed the court that a note had been sent to the CCS on March 20 and both the Home and Defence Ministries will abide by the CCS' decision.

Unhappy with the response, the court said: "In effect the has washed its hands off the issue and placed it at the CCS' doorstep. The court is therefore constrained now to issue a notice to the CCS to explain what decision it has taken on the note forwarded to it by the MHA on March 20."

The petitioner has challenged the of (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 saying that it places Assam Rifles under the head 'Police', which is arbitrary, unreasonable and violates the rights of Assam Rifles ex-servicemen guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution of

The petitioner said that the objective and functions of Assam Rifles were that of a military and para military force and its categorisation as a police force was arbitrary, unreasonable and in violation of the rights of its personnel.

The petition also seeks grant of pay, allowances, pension (including arrears) and ex-servicemen facilities to Assam Rifles personnel at par with the



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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 21:40 IST