HC directs State to clear pension dues of Late freedom fighter

Hearing on a special appeal filed by the state government against the high court order of Rs 3.50 lakh penalty on the state for not paying pension and other facilities to freedom fighter Sateshwar Sharma during his lifetime, the division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice NS Dhanik directed the state government to clear the pension dues within four weeks. The division bench also clarified that if the government fails to pay the due pension to the petitioner within four weeks, it will also have to pay the penalty. In the past, the high court single bench had directed the state government to pay the pension to Sharma’s widow Rajeshwari Sharma due from 1981 to the present within one month. However, since the state government did not pay the pension, the high court imposed a penalty on the state.

According to the case details, Sateshwar Sharma had played an active role in the Quit India movement during 1942. He was an inter college student at that time and had spent about 40 days in jail. He was also removed from the college due to this. In the petition, his widow had stated that her husband had applied for pension and other facilities under the 1975 pension regulations. The petitioner had further stated that appeals had been made from levels ranging from the State Government to the then prime minister Indira Gandhi but nothing was done. A certificate of the freedom fighter being jailed was also available. Pensions were awarded in similar cases but not in the case of Sharma, it was stated. Waiting in vain for the pension to be provided, the freedom fighter Sateshwar Sharma passed away last year at the age of 100 years. Taking serious cognisance of the case, the single bench of the high court had earlier directed the state government to clear the pension dues since 1981 within one month.

HC issues contempt notice to Nainital DM

For not complying with its earlier orders, the high court of Uttarakhand served contempt notice on the Nainital district magistrate Vinod Kumar Suman. Last year, the high court had given the municipal corporation one year’s time to set up a waste management plant for proper disposal of waste in Haldwani but nothing has been done in this regard so far. For not implementing the orders of the high court, the Indiranagar Janvikas Samiti had filed a contempt petition. On this, the single bench of justice Manoj Tiwari issued a contempt notice to the Nainital district magistrate.

In the past, the Haldwani based Indiranagar Janvikas Samiti had filed a public interest litigation in the high court stating that the municipal corporation was dumping medical waste and other garbage in Indiranagar and near Gaula river. Such improper waste dumping was affecting about 30,000 persons living in the surrounding areas, the petitioner had stated. Earlier, the high court had ordered a stop on dumping of garbage in the said area. Despite this, the authorities concerned continued to dump garbage from Haldwani, Nainital, Bhawali and Rudrapu areas at the said location. In its submission to the high court, the municipal corporation had stated that it had not yet received permission from the forest department for building a trenching ground in the area.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | PNS | Nainital

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