SC seeks response on three-fold salary hike for trial judges

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 20:34

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought
a response from states and all high courts on the three-fold
salary hike recommended for trial court judges by the Second
National Judicial Pay Commission (SNJPC) of Justice E
Padmanabhan.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan
and Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan, before whom the
report was placed today, granted four weeks time for the
response and posted the matter for further hearing to
September 1.

Justice Padmanabhan has fixed a whooping salary scale
starting from Rs 73,370 for a district judge (super time
scale) as against the existing Rs 24,850 fixed by the First
National Judicial Pay Commission of Justice Jagannatha Shetty.

Following is the increase in starting salary of
various other grades of judges along with the previous
figures.

District judge--selection grade Rs 63,995 (Rs 20,800),
district judge--entry level Rs 57,310 (Rs 18,625), civil
judge--senior division entry level Rs 46,770 (Rs 15,200) and
civil judge--junior division entry level Rs 36,235 (Rs
11,775).

The recommendations for higher pay scale comes in the
backdrop of a similar pay hike effected for the Chief Justice
of India, judges of the Supreme Court and judges of the high
courts.

The Government had on January 3 this year brought in
an ordinance hiking the salary of the Chief Justice of India
to Rs one lakh as against (Rs 33,000), SC judges and Chief
Justices of High Courts to Rs 90,000 (Rs 30,000) and high
court judges to Rs 80,000 (Rs 26,000).

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 20:34

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