The Supreme Court directed implementation of increased pay scales for judicial officers of subordinate courts across the country, enhancing their salaries almost three-fold.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and Justices Deepak Verma and B. S. Chauhan said the state governments would give salary as per the recommendations of the Justice Padmanabhan Committee.
The All India Judges' Association had approached the Court seeking implementation of the recommendation of the Committee contending that there was a wide disparity between the salaries of judicial officers and other government employees.
The hike in pay scales is to be implemented with effect from January 2006 as per the recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed committee which had submitted its report in July 2009. The hike will translate into a monthly increase of nearly Rs. 20,000 for judges at the entry level.
The Court said 60 per cent of the arrears would be paid in cash and 40 per cent deposited in Provident Fund.
Justice E. Padmanabhan, a former Judge of the Madras High Court, had submitted his report to the Supreme Court proposing an average three-fold hike in the existing salaries that was recommended by the first National Judicial Pay Commission (NJPC) in 1999. The recommendations of the first NJPC headed by Justice Jagannatha Shetty had entitled Civil Judge (Junior Division) to a starting salary of Rs. 11,775, Civil Judge (Senior Division) Rs. 15,200, District Judge (Entry Level) Rs. 20,800 and District Judge (Super Time scale) Rs. 23,850.
With the increase in pay scale as recommended by the Padmanabhan Committee, also considered as second NJPC, the starting salary of a Civil Judge (Junior Division) is expected to be around Rs. 35,000, a hike of over Rs 20,000. As per the recommendations, the salary of a Civil Judge (Senior Division) would be around Rs. 45,000, a hike of around Rs. 30,000. Similarly, the salary of a District Judge (Entry Level) would be around Rs. 60,000.