SC seeks GoI’s reply on army porters’ contempt petition

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed India’s Defence Secretary, Chief of the Army Staff and Comptroller General Defence Accounts to file affidavit on a contempt petition filed by 70 porters seeking regularization of their services in the army.
A division bench of Justices B S Chauhan and J Chelameswar while hearing the contempt petition—Isher Singh and others Vs Union of India and others— also directed to list the case after four weeks.
According to a senior advocate Bhim Singh, who appeared for the porters, the apex court had directed the respondents to regularize the services of the 70 porters following the order of the Supreme Court on May 14, 2013.
“In the facts and circumstances of the instant case where members of the respondent Union have been employed in terms of the regulations and have been consistently engaged in service for the past thirty to forty years, of course with short breaks, we feel the Union of India would consider enacting an appropriate regulation/scheme for absorption and regularization of the services of the casual workers engaged by the BRO for execution of its ongoing projects,” Singh said.
Singh also argued that the Ministry of Defence had deliberately failed to implement the order in which Supreme Court had directed the government of India and Ministry of Defence to regularize the services of the porters working in Nowshera Sector for the past 15 to 20 years as daily wagers.
He submitted that the government of India and the Ministry of Defence have not cared to file an appropriate counter in spite of the notice issued to the alleged contemnors.