‘Freedom Fighters should be treated with respect’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 20:58
Kochi: Observing that those who were part of the freedom struggle should be treated with respect, the Kerala High Court pulled up the Ernakulam District Collector for rejecting the claim of an applicant for the freedom fighter's pension.

The court, presided by justice S Sirijagan, was critical of the actions of the collector M Beena, who had rejected the application of V B Joseph of Kaloor and said, "This was not the way a person claiming to be a freedom fighter should be treated.

"He is entitled to more respect since it is because of the sufferings of persons like him that the District Collector is comfortable in an air-conditioned room to pass such orders," the judge observed.

Even if the petitioner is not entitled to pension, the Collector was bound to treat him with respect, the court said, chiding the official.

The court directed the Collector to reconsider the matter and to explain why documents produced by the petitioner were not accepted as evidence for his claim for the pension.

The case has to be considered in a month's time, it said.


First Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 20:58

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