DTC drivers who suffer from disability while in service cannot seek extension of their retirement age from 55 to 60 years under the Disabilities Act,the Delhi High Court has ruled.
The court set aside a single judge’s order on petitions by a group of DTC drivers,who suffered disability during their service,to extend their service at the lower posts till the age of 60,the retirement age fixed for those posts.
“We hold that the age of superannuation of a driver under the management (DTC) is 55 years…The benefits granted to such drivers despite incurring disability during the tenure of his service,that is up to 55 years,would not be extended beyond 55 years so as to enable him to continue in service,may be at a lower post for which the normal age of retirement is 60,” observed a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Mool Chand Garg.
The Court was hearing a petition filed by DTC seeking Division Bench’s intervention following a single judge’s order on the plea of driver Dalel Singh,who suffered disability in an accident in 1996 and sought service extension under the Disability Act.
Citing the single judge’s findings,a group of disabled drivers filed a batch of applications for extension of their service.