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Judges of this Court are not mere phonographic recorders but are empirical social scientists and the interpreters of the social context in which they work.-S.C.In HARJINDER SINGH v. PUNJAB STATE WAREHOUSING CORPORATION (Civil Appeal No. 587 of 2010)

HARJINDER SINGH v. PUNJABSTATE WAREHOUSING CORPORATION (Civil Appeal No. 587 of 2010) JANUARY 05, 2010 [G.S. Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly, JJ.] 2010 (1) SCR 591 The following Order of the Court was delivered ORDER 1. Leave granted. 2. This appeal is directed against order dated 6.2.2009 passed by the learned Single Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Writ Petition No.372 of 2001 whereby he modified the award passed by the Labour Court, Gurdaspur (for short, ‘the Labour Court’) in Reference No.43 of 1996 and directed that in lieu of reinstatement with 50% back wages, the appellant herein shall be paid Rs.87,582/- by way of compensation. 3. The appellant was employed in the services of the PunjabState Warehousing Corporation (hereinafter described as ‘the corporation’) as work charge Motor Mate with effect from 5.3.1986. After seven months, the Executive Engineer of the corporation issued order dated 3.10.1986 whereby he appointed the appellant as Work Munshi in the pay scale of Rs.350-525 for …