HC praises CISF staff-turned-lawyers for donating backlogs to legal fraternity

Chennai, Jul 16 (PTI) Madras High Court has recorded its appreciation to a CISF staff member turned lawyer, who offered to donate his arrears, received upon his forcible reinstatement, to the legal fraternity in profit of young and poor defenders.

Judge R Suresh Kumar expressed his appreciation by disposing of a motion for writ from R Thiyagarajan, attached to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Arakkonam unit in Vellore district, recently.

Thyagarajan joined the force in 1999 as a constable. He participated in the examination for the position of SI and was selected in October 2011. However, during the training for the position of SI, he was dismissed from the training in January 2012. He moved the High Court and a single judge in September 2017 ordered his reinstatement. Injured, the CISF preferred to appeal and a divisional seat in February 2018 upheld the single judge’s order.

Having no other way out, the CISF reinstated him, but refused to pay the salary arrears for the suspended period. Hence this petition.

Meanwhile, Thyagarajan completed the three-year course in law, registered with the Tamil Nadu Bar in December 2016 and started practicing two years later.

Holding that reinstatement also includes salary arrears, Judge Suresh Kumar allowed the present motion.

The petitioner offered to donate the back pay for the welfare of young and poor defenders. Appreciating the petitioner’s gesture, the judge said he had set an example for others and shown that money is not the only desire. Salary arrears will be paid to the Law Society of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry for the welfare of young and needy lawyers.

The judge ordered the CISF to calculate the back wages payable to the petitioner with 6% interest and the same should be filed with the TN Bar Council within six weeks.

The Council will use the same for the welfare of young and needy lawyers, the judge added.

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Jon J. Epps