SC snubs govt for harassing freedom fighters over pension
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 22:18
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has expressed anguish over the manner in which the country's freedom fighters are treated by the government even for granting benefits like pension.

"This appeal is an example and a reflection of the way we treat our freedom fighters inasmuch that while we applaud their contributions to the fight for freedom, deny them a pension, which, even if granted, amounts to a pittance and while many who apply are under financial distress, all without exception, wear it as a badge of honour and as a certificate of recognition of their efforts in the struggle for independence," the apex court said.

A bench of Justices H S Bedi and T S Thakur made the remarks while dismissing an appeal filed by Tamil Nadu government challenging the Madras High Court's judgement directing the government to pay pension to a freedom fighter A Manickam Pillai.

Pillai was recommended pension by a government district level screening committee of two District Collectors on May 8, 1998.

The recommendation was, however, rejected by the state government on the ground that in the face of government order No.30 dated 7th February 1996 such an application had to be supported by a certificate of a co-prisoner who was a government-approved certifier and the certificate appended had been issued by one Mayandi Bharathi who was not a government-approved certifier.


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 22:18

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