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Hyderabad: Insult to former judge in Telangana PCB: High Court serious

Is Rs 5,000 honorarium for a former High Court judge?: Such actions are an insult to former judges: Newly enrolled lawyers will not work: High Court orders government to issue G.O within two days

The High Court has expressed outrage over the contempt of court order setting the honorarium of a former judge of the Telangana State Pollution Control Board Appellate Authority at Rs 5,000. The young lawyer, who was newly enrolled as a lawyer, was also incensed that he was not performing duties for that salary.

The court asked Advocate General BS Prasad whether he expected the former High Court judges to wait for the Rs 5,000 given by the government. He expressed impatience that such actions were an insult to former judges.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Himakohli and Justice B. Vijayasenreddy reconsidered several petitions challenging the non-establishment of the State Pollution Control Appellate Authority.

The tribunal was incensed that the state government had written to them recommending the name of a former judge to be appointed as the chairman of the appellate tribunal, stating that it would pay an honorarium of Rs 5,000. The tribunal clarified that it was rejecting the letter.

To the former judges who are appointed as the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission, the Lokayukta and other constitutional bodies … It is becoming customary to pay the last salary received while they are in service.

The G.O clarified that the new salary should be fixed for those who will be appointed as the Chairman of the Appellate Authority by the 27th of this month. The Advocate General was instructed to write another letter recommending the name of the former judge on the basis of this bio. It issued interim orders to this effect and adjourned the next hearing to the 27th of this month.

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