GHANAKANTA SAIKIA S/O LT TANKESWAR SAIKIA Vs. STATE OF ASSAM AND 5 ORS
HIGH COURT OF GAUHATI
Ghanakanta Saikia S/O Lt Tankeswar Saikia
State Of Assam And 5 Ors
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Achintya Malla Bujor Barua, J. -
(1.) Heard Mr. N. Borah, learned counsel for the petitioner. Also Mr. N. Sarma, learned Standing Counsel for the Elementary Education Department, and Mr. P. Nayak, learned standing counsel for the Finance Department and Mr. K. Nayak, learned counsel for the Pension Department.
(2.) The petitioner was working as Headmaster of Pakilichuk L.P. School in Lakhimpur district, Assam and he retired from service on attaining the age of superannuation on 31.12.2016. After his retirement, when the matter was processed for payment of his pensionary benefits, the communication dated 24.05.2018 of the Finance and Accounts Officer in the Directorate of Pension, Assam was made addressed to the Deputy Inspector of Schools, Lakhimpur, by which, it was provided that during his service tenure, the petitioner was paid a salary higher than his actual scale, whereas his actual salary ought to have been Rs.1185/- per month instead of Rs.1285/- per month. Accordingly, by the said communication, the Deputy Inspector of Schools, Lakhimpur was required to do the needful for recovery of the excess payment made from the pensionary benefits of the petitioner.
(3.) The said communication has been assailed in this writ petition on the ground that as per the law laid down by the Hon'ble Supreme Court, recovery from the pensionary benefits cannot be made in respect of any salary that was paid to an employee during his service period for no fault of his own.;
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