Judges who served in fast track courts entitled for retiral benefits: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today ruled that judicial officers, who have rendered their services as fast track court judges, were entitled to pensionery and retiral benefits.

The top court, said the Fast Track Court Scheme was brought in to deal with the exigency of huge pendency of cases and the judicial officers in Jharkhand were appointed to the such courts who continued to work for almost a decade.

A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said “the need to set up Fast Track courts arose on account of delays in the judicial process, targeting certain priority areas for quicker adjudication”.

Had there been adequate cadre strength of judicial officers, there would have been no need to set up these Fast Track courts, it said.

“We are, thus, unhesitatingly and unequivocally of the view that all the appellants and Judicial Officers identically situated are entitled to the benefit of the period of service rendered as Fast Track court Judges, to be counted for their length of service in determination of their pension and retiral benefits,” the bench said. (AGENCIES)