Plea against incentives to STF personnel dismissed

NEW DELHI, DEC. 6. The Supreme Court today dismissed a public interest litigation petition filed by an advocate challenging the special incentive scheme announced by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, for the 752 Special Task Force (STF) personnel, soon after the killing of the forest brigand, Veerappan, in an encounter on October 18.

A Bench of Justice Y. K. Sabharwal and Justice P. P. Naolekar dismissed the petition observing: ``It is totally misconceived."

According to the petitioner, R. Muthukrishnan, an advocate and social activist from Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister on October 19 announced an incentive scheme for the STF personnel which included cash award of Rs. 3 lakhs each, an immediate one-step accelerated promotion and a housing plot of their choice to each of the 752 personnel. He said the scheme was later extended to other personnel involved in similar forest operations.

He contended that such a scheme was violative of the constitutional provisions as being a policy decision the Chief Minister could do it only by means of a legislation and not through an executive order. The petitioner sought quashing of the scheme and an interim stay against its implementation till disposal of the petition.

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