Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Madras High Court Bench here has dismissed an appeal

The Madras High Court Bench here has dismissed an appeal preferred by the Union Home Ministry challenging a single judge’s order to grant Swatantrata Sainik Samman pension to a 97-year-old person who was recommended for the honour by well-known freedom fighter I. Mayandi Bharathi.

He also went underground for a year between 1942 and 1943 fearing arrest.

A Division Bench of Justices V. Ramasubramanian and N. Kirubakaran rejected the writ appeal with a direction to the Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, to pass the necessary orders for paying the monthly pension, along with arrears since 1995, to A. Pambiah Thevar of Madurai within eight weeks.

They also recorded the submissions of the claimant that he took part in the Quit India movement in 1942 and participated in a protest march at Goripalayam here besides distributing pamphlets condemning the British rulers.

Stating that Mayandi Bharathi, a respected personality, would not have issued a recommendation letter without any basis, the judges said, in such circumstances, the officials should not have rejected the plea for pension "mechanically" and "on the basis of technicalities" just because the application form was not in order

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