Members of Manipur Judicial Service not under MGEL purview

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IMPHAL, March 13: The Gauhati High Court has issued directions regarding a writ petition filed by the All Manipur Judicial Officers’ Association that “… the members of the Manipur Judicial Service who are within the exclusive fields occupied by Articles 233, 234 and 309 of the Constitution of India are controlled by the High Court and they cannot be under the purview of the formalities of the MGEL (CPIS) like mere employees of the state government” and “… the state government requires to re-look the precedence or/protocol of officers prepared by the state government for placing the judicial officers at the appropriate place”, informed a press statement of the All Manipur Judicial Officers’ Association.

Further according to the statement, the writ petition was filed by the All Manipur Judicial Officers’ Association regarding restriction on payment of their salaries due to MGEL.

It continued that the officers belonging to the MJS face difficulties whenever there are changes in their postings from one court to another due to the restriction imposed on the state government on payment of their salaries without updating the MGEL (CPIS).

It said in the judgment delivered by Justice T Nandakumar Singh it was held in Para 18 that a direction was issued to the State Government and held that “… the Members of the Manipur Judicial Service should not be subject to purview of MGEL (CPIS) formalities for the payment of their salaries after their transfer and posting and promotion. It is further directed that the respondents should issue the necessary order in compliance of the above directions within one month from the date of certified copy of this order. The writ petition is allowed.”

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