WITH BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS FROM LORD BALAJI, THIS BLOG CARRIES NEWS THAT CONCERNS CLASS 1 PENSIONERS OF LIC. WE ADD A LITTLE PEPPER , A LITTLE MINT OR MIRCHI HERE AND THERE TO HELP US REJUVENATE , RECONCILE AND RELAX, AND LEARN TO LIVE IN PEACE

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Judgement Reserved.!

Judgement Reserved!

At last it is 'curtains at intermission' in the drama of court proceedings which LI C pensioners were witnessing for nearly a year now. 

On the last day of the arguments I.e today our Sr counsel Shri. Rakesh Khanna dealt with in detail on expense ratio, bonus to policy holders, dividends to govt etc amidst occasional interventions by LIC's sr counsel.

 Shri Nidesh Gupta continued with his points on surplus, life fund etc .The court thereafter reserved orders giving in the meantime ten day's time for those wanting to make written submissions.


So far as our fedn is concerned we have already submitted copious points to our counsels for incorporation in written arguments. Preparation  of the relevant materials called for considerable labour on our part and I take this opportunity of thanking our legal committee members viz. M/s R Rajagopalan , VK jain , Basudeb das and M Arunachalam who had contributed immensely in giving shape to points for written submissions.

 Our counsel has assured that our written submissions  will be submitted at earliest without waiting for ten days.

The end of arguments marks an important stage providing great relief from anxiety and tension for leaders and pensioners alike. Every one of the parties played their part well though unwarranted comments and criticism of others from certain odd quarters continued throughout the agonising period. We rightly decided to refrain from acrimonies. After all we would not like to compete with loud mouthed demagogy of others.

Let me conclude saying that the feedback we have from our counsels make us feel optimistic about the outcome of our pioneering efforts. 

 Let us therefore wait for a little more time 

With greetings. 

GNSridharan 

Gen.Secy 
 Retd. LIC class1 officers' Assns

JUDGEMENT RESERVED ??




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WAIT FOR GNS  CONFIRMATION.

Today at Delhi HC


TODAY AT DELHI HIGH COURT.

MAY BE

THE CASE IS TAKEN UP POST LUNCH

HOPE SO..


Good Luck GNS Sir !

and  Good Luck to
all our pensioner colleagues !
I, II, III and IV
(present and past too)









TODAY AT DELHI HC CAUSE LIST.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Today at Delhi HC ..Further Information from GNS

Hearing in DHC --20/2/2017

Our case could reach for hearing only around 3 pm today.

According to our reports,Shri Nidesh Gupta, Sr.counsel for other petitioners continued with his arguments and emphasised that there was sufficient margin to revise pensions without violating any statutory constraints on LIC.

 The court's attention was also drawn to instances like an ED retired prior to 8/97 drawing less pension than an Asst retiring now. 

It was represented on behalf of our Sr  Counsel Shri Rakesh Khanna that he would like to avoid repetition of points made out already and would therefore require only minimum time. 

The court then observed that he can argue tomorrow (21/2).

We also learn that there is a possibility of LIC counsel also might seek to advance a reply argument. In any case it is expected that arguments may end up tomorrow.

We shall ,as usual , get back to our members tomorrow evening.

With Greetings 
GNSridharan

 Gen. Secy Fedn.of Retd. LIC class1 officers' Assns.

G N S INFORMS

NIDHESH GUPTHA HAS JUST CONCLUDED HIS ARGUMENTS.

OUR SR.COUNSEL'S  TURN TOMORROW 

TO BE FOLLOWED BY 

LIC 'S REPLY.

G N SRIDHARAN.

TODAY IS OVER. TOMORROW IS STILL 18 HOURS AWAY. WAIT.


DELHI HC.


COURT RISES FOR THE DAY.

MAY BE.....

IT RESUMES TOMORROW .......

PLEASE WAIT FOR OFFICIAL INFORMATION.
FROM GNS


DELHI H C TODAY.

DELHI HIGH COURT TODAY.LIVE.


CLICK .
 http://delhihighcourt.nic.in/his.asp?cno=6


E.D. (ACTL) IS SEEN .

IS HE MAKING ANY SUBMISSIONS NEW ?

WE REALLY DO NOT KNOW.


POSITION NOW: 3.00 P.M.

OUR CASE BEING TAKEN  ........

HOPE SO....

Sunday, February 19, 2017

DELHI HIGH COURT CAUSE LIST FOR 20TH FEB.2017

COM.R.GOVINDARAJAN IS NO MORE


Com.R.Govindarajan + AIIEA  photos க்கான பட முடிவு


WE REGRET TO INFORM THAT

COM.R.GOVINDARAJAN , ERSTWHILE OFFICE BEARER, JOINT SECRETARY  OF AIIEA

PASSED AWAY LAST EVENING.


THE AUTHOR JOINS HUNDREDS OF HIS FRIENDS AND MEMBERS OF AIIEA IN OFFERING OUR HEART FELT CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Next Hearing 20.2.17 Delhi HC


Proceedings in DTH on 16/2/2017

We are informed that the counsel for AIIPA advanced his arguments and the court fixed the next date of hearing as Monday the 20th Feb, 17

 Hopefully it will be the concluding day and our Federation's Senior Counsel  will be arguing our case unless UOI  decides making any further submissions. We can reasonably expect that judgement will be reserved on 20th.

GN Sridharan
Gen.Secy.Fedn of Retd .LIC Class 1 officers' Assns.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

TODAY IN DELHI HIGH COURT.

Today in DHC

The hearing of our cases was resumed at  3 PM. It went to up to 4.30 PM. Nidesh Gupta continued his arguments covering (1) cut off dates with a few citations, (2) accounting figures, expense ratio and the sustainability of additional funds within the allowable statutory limits and (3) some points on actuarial calculations, bonus allocation , surplus determination and life fund. The argument went on well except on the (3) which, we believe, could have been kept out of scope.

It is unfortunate that the arguments were made to go on a side track. On the (3) above, several questions and disagreements emanated from the Bench.  A simple explanation, specific and confined to, the financial capacity of LIC to meet our pension demands and redressing disparity could have served the purpose. On this, we on our part have given simple and to the point instructions to our counsels. We hope further proceedings will go on smoothly.

There were occasions for the Bench to seek clarification from LIC officers, on matters including pension fund.  A few could be clarified but not all.

Tomorrow there will be argument by AIIPA. Therefore arguments will drag on beyond tomorrow.

GN Sridharan
Gen Secy, Fed of LIC Class I Officers’ Assns

DELHI HC TODAY


AS PER OUR INFORMATION


HEARING IS ON. RESUMED.

ARGUMENTS 
ARGUMENTS.....
ARGUMENTS.....

......

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

TODAY AT DELHI HIGH COURT.

Today’s proceedings in DHC

Arguments in our cases commenced today in the afternoon, at about 2.45 PM. We would like to convey that it was indeed consoling that this will be indeed the last lap of hearing.

The Court had earlier expressed that certain matters of actuarial calculations be explained. LIC had arranged to bring ED (Actuarial) to be present for today’s hearing. She answered a few queries from the Bench.

Shri Nidesh Gupta Senior Counsel for other petitioners argued for close to 1 1?2 hours, and stressed that DS Nakara Case well applies our issues as well.  He cited several case laws to strengthen his argument. As it was closing time, he could continue tomorrow. His focus among others was that pensioners are in a homogenous class and cited sufficient case laws in support of the same.

The matter will therefore be resumed at 2.15 tomorrow. We expect our Senior Counsel to put forth his points. We shall communicate again tomorrow

GN Sridharan
Gen Sec Fed of Retired LIC Class I Officers' Assns
Camp: New Delhi

SAHNI JI REPORTS FROM HIS BLOG

COURTS ARE  TO RESUME  SHORTLY AFTER LUNCH BREAK.


PLEASE STANDBY FOR OUR CASES TO BE TAKEN UP  AFTER CASE NOs. A 22, A 24  & A 33
ARE OVER.

A COMMUNICATION FROM OUR READER.



A COMMUNICATION FROM ONE OF OUR READERS .



Dear Shri Sury,

You must be reading the blogs of  PG Chronicle and Sahni

My fear is ... will submit a big thesis to the Court on Valuation Process of LIC,  the Court will ask LIC to reply within a month or so, and another month for petitioners to file a counter, and this will go on for months to come and this is what the LIC wants- a red herring to divert Court attention from the main terms of reference by SC. This is my worst fear.of course, may or may not happen. .

Yours,

G.Krishna Prasad.

THIS COMMUNICATION IS FORWARDED TO SRI G.N.SRIDHARAN FOR HIS COMMENTS.

AUTHOR OF THE BLOG.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mediclaim Premium.

Our letter dated 9/2/2017 to ED (Per) on the above subject is reproduced below for your information .

"Dear sir, 

Re Deduction of premium for policy yr.2017-18 out of pension.

It was a measure of great relief for the pensioners when it was decided last year that the share of the premium to be borne by pensioners will be deducted in 12 monthly instalments.

    By the time the decision was taken some pensioners at different centers had already paid their premiums in lump or some instalments had been recovered for the cover period of 2016-17.It has been brought to our notice that those who had paid the premiums by a lump deduction for the last year will not be eligible to avail the facility/concession of monthly deduction for the ensuing master policy year.you will kindly appreciate that such a stand is not logical and will be against the spirit of the relief measure agreed to already.

       We therefore appeal that suitable instructions clarifying the position to all divisions are issued immediately as premium deductions are scheduled to commence from pension due for the moth of Feb.2017

 --GNSridharan Gen.Secy ""
This letter was necessitated as we recd. Complaint from one of our assns.on the stand taken by the local D O of LIC in this behalf.
- GNSridharan

Saturday, February 4, 2017

LIC ADDITIONAL AFFIDAVIT.

LIC Addl Affidavit:


LIC has today filed its addl affidavit. There is nothing new in it and is just 'Old wine in new bottle'. Nevertheless we shall be filing our addl Reply affidavit immediately with not much to add to whatever we had stated already. 

GN Sridharan 
Gen.Secy. 
Fedn of retired LIC Class I Officers' Assns.

Friday, February 3, 2017

G N S writes.

G N Sridharan writes:


G.N.Sridharan photos க்கான பட முடிவு

1: Prospects for 14/2 hearing DHC

From the record of proceedings in respect of the last hearing on 25/1/2017, it is noted that the matter will be heard on 'day to day basis' from 14/2. We therefore hope that that the case will be heard on at least two consecutive days and orders reserved at last so that pensioners will be relieved of further tension.

Meantime we are advised by our counsel that LIC is expected to file their court mandated addl. affidavit during next week. So far as their earlier affidavit (on which the court had reportedly found fault) is concerned we may inform that we have already filed a suitable reply.  If therefore LIC files an addl. affidavit we shall also file an addl reply. We cannot also rule out the possibility of some of the petitioners seeking time to file their replies. We have to only pray that the hearing schedule does not get upset.

2 . Status on Bank pensioners' case in SC

Members will recall that we have been occasionally referring to the issues affecting in parallel, both our pensioners and those in the banking sector. On the issue of 100% neutralisation on DR the retirees of three of the nationalised banks had initially filed a writ in the Madras HC and a single judge had allowed it. The banks' managements went on appeal to the Division bench which gave a reversed order. As against the same the concerned retirees organisations went on appeal to the SC. We learn that the said appeal was listed on 1st Feb before the bench of justices AK Goel & Pant  According to our sources the SC bench rejected the pensioners' plea. The reason is stated to be that the court observed that the settlement under which the discrimination by imposing a cut off date had not been challenged.

Arising out of this reported development we feel it relevant to recall a similar scenario when our matters were in closing stages in March 2016. Justice Dipak Misra referred to the issue on whether three petitions on our side had challenged the validity of Rule 3A. The Sr. Counsel then engaged by us promptly submitted that our Federation had directly challenged. It was only after verification of this fact by the bench, orders were passed (on 31/3/2016) remanding all the petitions to Delhi HC for a finding on the validity of Rule 3A besides ordering 40% IR. Not only that, the court also allowed amendments to the petitions. This timely effort by us created a situation to keep our matters alive till date. We took advantage of this situation by amending our writ to bring the challenge to 3A as the first prayer and expanding the same to cover Up gradation also since it was not thought of when we approached the Delhi HC nearly a decade back. We are compelled to recall this episode at this juncture because of its direct relevance to what had happened to Bank Pensioners case. While it is so, let our members be not carried away by the euphoria created by some by quoting some observations or the other by the learned judges or counsels..

We take this opportunity to reiterate that we are equally anticipating a positive verdict from the court on the two major issues.

With greetings,

GN Sridharan,
Gen.Secy Fedn.of Retd LIC Class I Officers' Assns.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

DHC ORDER ON 25.1.2017

$~15 to 23.
* IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
+ W.P.(C) 184/2007

FEDERATION OF RETIRED LIC CLASS I OFFICER .... Petitioner
Through Mr. Rakesh Khanna, Sr. Advocate with Mr. Rajiv
K. Garg, Mr. Ashish Garg, Mr. Govind Singh & Ms.
Kavita Rawat, Advocates.
versus
UOI & ORS. ..... Respondents
Through Ms. Abha Malhotra & Mr. Sanjay Kumar Yadav,
Advocates for UOI.
Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Sr.
Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr. Surajit Bhaduri &
Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.

W.P.(C) 3983/2016
MADAN LAL GANDHI AND ORS. ..... Petitioners
Through Mr. Jay Savla, Ms. Renuka Sahu, Mr. Rajpal
Singh & Mr. Bharat Aggarwal, Advocates.
versus
UNION OF INDIA AND ORS. ..... Respondents
Through Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Ripu Daman
Bhardwaj, CGSC, Ms. Abha Malhotra & Mr. T.P. Singh,
Advocates for UOI.
Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Sr.
Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr. Surajit Bhaduri &
Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
W.P.(C) 3984/2016
KRISHNA MURARI LAL ASTHANA ..... Petitioner
Through Mr. Kumar Gaurav & Mr. P. Dayal, Advocates.
versus
UNION OF INDIA AND ORS. ..... Respondents
Through Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Ripu Daman
Bhardwaj, CGSC, Ms. Abha Malhotra & Mr. T.P. Singh,
Advocates for UOI.
Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Sr.
Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr. Surajit Bhaduri &
Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
W.P.(C) 4894/2016
RETIRED LIC CLASS I OFFICERS ASSOCIATION HYDERABAD ..... Petitioner
Through Mr. Saurav Agrawal, Mr. Ashish Tiwari & Mr.
Murthy, Advocates.
versus
LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA AND ANR. ..... Respondents
Through Mr. Vivek Goyal, CGSC for UOI.
Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Sr.
Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr. Surajit Bhaduri &
Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
W.P.(C) 5868/2016
ALL INDIA INSURANCE PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION AND ORS...... Petitioners
Through Mr. Som Dutt Sharma, Advocate.
versus
UNION OF INDIA AND ORS. ..... Respondents
Through Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dev P.
Bhardwaj, CGSC for UOI.
Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Sr.
Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr. Surajit Bhaduri &
Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
W.P.(C) 5903/2016
ALL INDIA RETIRED INSURANCE EMPLOYEES FEDERATION ..... Petitioner
Through Mr. Nidesh Gupta, Sr. Advocate with Mr. R.K.
Singh & Mr. B.N. Dubey, Advocates.
versus
LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA & ANR. ..... Respondents
Through Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Bhagwan
Swarup Shukla,CGSC, Mr. Shambhu Chaturvedi & Mr.
Shekhar Gehlot, Advocates for UOI.
Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan Krishnan, Sr.
Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr. Surajit Bhaduri &
Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
W.P.(C) 9440/2016
LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA ..... Petitioner
Through Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan
Krishnan, Sr. Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr.
Surajit Bhaduri & Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
versus
KRISHNA MURARI LAL ASTHANA & ORS. ..... Respondents
Through Nemo.
W.P.(C) 9441/2016
KRISHNA MURARI LAL ASTHANA & ORS. ..... Petitioners
Through Nemo.
versus
LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA & ANR. ..... Respondents
Through Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan
Krishnan, Sr. Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr.
Surajit Bhaduri & Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
W.P.(C) 9442/2016
LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA & ORS. Petitioners
Through Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG with Mr. Dayan
Krishnan, Sr. Advocate with Mr. Ashok Panigrahi, Mr.
Surajit Bhaduri & Mr. Santosh Kumar, Advocates for LIC.
versus
KRISHNA MURARI LAL ASTHANA & ANR. ..... Respondents
Through Nemo.
CORAM:
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE SANJIV KHANNA
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE CHANDER SHEKHAR
O R D E R
% 25.01.2017
Learned senior counsel appearing for Life Insurance Corporation of India states
that he would be filing an additional affidavit within ten days clarifying certain aspects as
ambiguities and incorrect assertions have crept in the affidavit filed on 18th January,
2017.
Learned Solicitor General, who appears for Union of India, has also made a
statement that the Union of India would be filing their revised/corrected written
submissions within ten days.
Learned counsel for the petitioners state that they would be filing their response,
if any, to the affidavit(s) within seven days from the date revised/corrected affidavit is
filed.
Counsel for the writ petitioners submit that the Supreme Court vide order dated
16th January, 2017 has extended time uptil end of April 2017.
Re-list on 14th February, 2017.
Day-to-day hearing will be held till the matter is concluded.
SANJIV KHANNA, J.
CHANDER SHEKHAR, J.
JANUARY 25, 2017/VKR