MAT orders Pune police to refund cops’ retiral benefit deductions

Mubarak Ansari
Saturday, 12 January 2019

Atre told Sakal Times, “Why does the department keep quiet for so long and deducts so called excessive payments when we retire. We need pension and gratuity amount, as we have no other source of income.”

PUNE: Many police personnel retiring from Pune city police rued the fact that the department deducted money from their pension, gratuity amount after retirement, claiming they had got excess salaries during their tenure.

Two retired cops - ASI Vikas Purushottam Atre (60) of Warje and PSI Pravin Narhari More of Hadapsar - challenged this practice and the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) on January 9 ordered Pune police to refund Rs 92,812 and Rs 3.59 lakh respectively to them. Also, the Director General of Police (DGP) office has issued a circular directing police units not to deduct any amount from pension and gratuity after retirement.

ASI Atre had joined the department in 1977 and retired in 2015. During his tenure, he served with Khadak, Swargate and Faraskhana police stations besides Special Branch and Crime Branch of Pune city police as well as with the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). He had also taken part in Pune police’s first encounter. Later, he was awarded the DG Insignia as well as the President Police medal. 

Atre told Sakal Times, “Why does the department keep quiet for so long and deducts so called excessive payments when we retire. We need pension and gratuity amount, as we have no other source of income.”

PSI More had retired in 2013. After his retirement, pension papers were processed. During verification, it was transpired that Rs 5.01 lakh was paid in excess during the period from January 1986 to November 2013. He applied for re-verification and then it was found that Rs 3.59 lakh was paid in excess in the period from April 1998 to November 2013. Therefore, the Office of Accountant General issued direction on January 12, 2015 for recovery of excess amount from the gratuity and monthly pension. Accordingly, a total of Rs 3.59 lakh was recovered from his pension till September 2017 from the retirement benefits as well as monthly pension.

Adv VV Joshi, who represented the policemen, argued before the MAT that the police department violated rulings of the apex court by deducting amount from retiral benefits. 

MAT member judge AP Kurhekar ordered that the deductions were not sustainable in law and ruled that the amount should be refunded within two months. 

A senior officer from Pune city police said, “Some errors have occurred due to clerical mistakes. We are making efforts so that nobody is paid more during service to avoid such situations in future.”

FAVOURABLE DECISION
- Atre told Sakal Times, “Why does the department keep quiet for so long and deducts so called excessive payments when we retire. We need pension and gratuity amount, as we have no other source of income.” 
- Adv VV Joshi, who represented the policemen, argued before the MAT that the police department violated rulings of the apex court by deducting amount from retiral benefits. 
- MAT member judge AP Kurhekar ordered that the deductions were not sustainable in law and ruled that the amount should be refunded within 
two months.

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