New Delhi: The Delhi High court on Tuesday sought responses from the Lieutenant Governor and the City Police Commissioner on a plea of former ACP S S Rathi, serving life term in the 1997 Connaught Place shooting case, for disbursal of compassionate allowance to him.
Rathi, in his fresh plea filed before Justice Rajiv Shakdher, has said that after the dismissal of his appeal in the case by the Supreme Court on July 26, 2011, his subsistence allowance has been stopped by the Delhi Police and it has violated his fundamental rights.
The former Assistant Commissioner of Police, 61, who remained in service for 24 years, has been serving life term along with nine other sacked policemen for killing two businessmen after mistaking them to be gangsters in 1997.
Seeking grant and disbursal of compassionate allowance under the Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, Rathi said that he has to look after his wife and an unmarried daughter and moreover, his son also does not earn more as he is still a "struggling advocate".
The petition said he had an "unblemished active service" for a period of 24 years since 1973 and was first suspended and then sacked after the apex court rejected his appeal against the conviction in the case.
The plea also said representations have been made to the offices of the LG and the Police Commissioner on June 18 this year for grant of compassionate allowance but they are still pending a decision.
The court took note of the plea and fixed it for further hearing on September 26.
The central government rules say a government servant, who forfeits the right to pension and gratuity after dismissal from service, can be granted the compassionate allowance if the case "is deserving of special consideration".