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SC stays contempt proceedings against Centre over pension to

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today stayed the contempt proceedings initiated against the HRD ministry, the University and its vice-chancellor for denying pension to retired teachers despite a High order.

A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta issued notices to all the teachers and sought their reply on the plea filed by the University against initiation of the contempt proceedings against the varsity and others.

The order came after senior advocate Aman Sinha, appearing for the Delhi University, said that these employees had consciously chosen Contributory (CPF) scheme over General (GPF) scheme.

He said that after availing benefit for 30 years, to turn around and seek GPF would be legally impermissible against the judgments of the apex

The lawyer also stated that such action will encourage similar demands from a large number of employees who had chosen CPF decades ago.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by the Delhi University against the High Court's order to give pension to the retired teachers.

The Delhi High Court had directed the Delhi university, the University Grants Commission and the HRD ministry to deposit around Rs 50 crore by July 19 failing which action would be taken against alleged contemnors.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 22:13 IST