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
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
"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.