Former naval officer V S Yadav filed a contempt petition in Bombay HC against the Centre,the Chief of Naval Staff,Bureau of Sailors and the Controller of Accounts (Navy) for failing to comply with a 2005 court order holding 31 naval officers who fought in the 1971 war against Pakistan eligible for pension.
In his contempt petition,Yadav said he had joined the Navy as an Artificer Apprentice on July 24,1952 and was discharged on January 30,1976. He and 31 officers like him,had claimed pension under the Navy Pension Regulation,1964 that stipulates 15 years of service. However,the first four years of apprenticeship in the navy were not taken into account while accounting for pension. The navy,thus,held them ineligible. The aggrieved challenged the navys stand in HC and contended the four years of apprenticeship be counted as service.
On November 22,2005,a HC division bench directed the navy to consider their application in 6 months. The navy,however,challenged HCs decision in the Supreme Court. On July 22,2012,Supreme Court dismissed navys petition following which the navy,on November 12,2012,said pension will be granted to Yadav and other officers. The respondents have not issued pension pay orders despite Centres sanction, Yadavs petition states.