Centre assures on women Army officers' salary plea

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 it.

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.