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The Supreme Court Wednesday suggested to the central government to set up an independent commission which would hear the grievances of retired defence officers and make recommendation for their redressal.

The court said that such a panel preferably headed by a retired Supreme Court judge would save these officers from running from pillar to post for redressal of their grievances.

It made the suggestion while hearing a petition of various armed forces officers who are seeking one rank one pension. The retired armed forces personnel have been denied this since the fourth Pay Commission.

The apex court bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice T.S. Thakur expressed its anguish at the retired officers not being given a hearing by the bureaucracy. The former officers returned their medals and burned their artificial limbs to protest the bureaucratic apathy.

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