Parliament on Monday approved a bill related to the salary and service conditions of judges of the High Court and Supreme Court. Rajya Sabha returned the High Court and Supreme Court (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill 2021 to the Lok Sabha after discussion as it is a money bill. The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 8 only. In the Upper House, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that this bill has been brought to remove the discrepancy regarding pension of Supreme Court and High Court judges. The Law Minister clearly said that this bill will not affect the salary of the judges. This is only about the increase in the pension of retired judges of the Supreme Court and High Court.
What is in this bill related to judges
The Objects and Reasons of the Bill states that every retired judge or his family after his death shall be entitled to an additional quantum of pension or family pension as per norms. Accordingly, the additional quantum of pension of retired judges of High Court and Supreme Court is being sanctioned on attaining the age of 80 years, 85 years, 90 years and 100 years, as the case may be.
It said that in the writ petition of Devendra Dutt Giani, a retired High Court judge, the Gauhati High Court in its order dated March 15, 2018 held that as per Section 17(b) of the Northeast High Court Judges Act, additional pension in the first category The quantum of benefit will be available to a retired judge from the first day of his attaining the age of 80 years. Subsequently, the Madhya Pradesh High Court also mentioned in this regard in the order dated 3 December 2020 in the writ petition filed by the Supreme Court of India and High Court Retired Judges Association.
How much salary do Supreme Court and High Court judges get?
According to the Economic Times report of 30 January 2018, the updated salary of the Chief Justice of India has gone up to Rs 2.80 lakh per month from Rs 1 lakh earlier. At that time, the central government had increased the salary of judges of the Supreme Court and High Court by about 200 percent.
Similarly, Supreme Court judges and Chief Justices of high courts were fixed at Rs 2.50 lakh per month as against Rs 90,000 earlier. Earlier, Supreme Court judges used to get Rs 1 lakh per month while the salary of High Court judges was Rs 80,000 per month. Judges get accommodation to stay till they retire.
In comparison, the basic salary of the governor was also increased from Rs 1.10 lakh in 2018 to Rs 3.50 lakh. The salary of the Vice President was increased from Rs 1.25 lakh to Rs 4 lakh and that of the President from Rs 1.50 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Apart from this, they also get facilities like building, vehicle, travel, security, medical, insurance etc.