New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday gave an
undertaking in the Supreme Court that it would disburse the
salaries of six short commissioned women army officers whose
services were sought to be released by the authorities.
Additional Solicitor General Parag Tripathi gave the
undertaking before a bench of justices JM Panchal and HL
Gokhale which sought government`s response on the aggrieved
women officers`s complaint that the authorities were refusing
to pay their salaries.
Counsel Meenakshi Lekhi told the bench that the officials
were refusing to pay the salaries for over six months despite
the fact that the apex court had earlier stayed the government
orders to release them from service.
On March 4, the apex court had stayed the release orders
from service and rapped the government for the action saying
contempt proceedings can be initiated since the case
pertaining to their permanent commission is pending before it.
The bench had taken strong exception to he release orders
issued by the Army authorities for the six officers of the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel when the matter is pending before
The court had said that it had not stayed the Delhi High
Court order which had asked Defence forces to grant permanent
commission to the women officers.
The petitioners - Lt Colonels- Sony Sharma, Sini Marc,
Ritcha Sagar, Navneet Duggal, Majors Vaneeta Dhaka and Anjali
Bisht--had complained that they are being targeted by the
government for approaching the court for permanent
commission for them.