Karnataka HC castigates KPTCL for rejecting terminal benefits to employee for 21 years
Sets two-week due date for the corporation to pay all that is because of him.
Sets two-week deadline for the corporation to pay all that is because of him.
Observing that Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) had actually left a retired staff member “fall on the thorns of life and bleed” by not paying terminal benefits even 21 years after retirement, the High Court of Karnataka set a two-week due date to pay all that is because of him.
The KPTCL will need to pay 9% interest on the entire amount due to 77- year-old K.T. Thimmaiah because his retirement in 1999, the court said while directing the corporation to pay him50,000 as costs.
” To price estimate Shakespeare from the Fall of Wolsey, with a small variation to suit the context ‘Had I served my God with half the zeal that I served my King, I would not have fallen in nowadays of impecuniosities’, is the cry of the petitioner in this petition,” observed Justice M. Nagaprasanna while permitting the petition.
The court likewise observed that “the KPTCL has procrastinated beyond creativity to launch terminal advantages of the petitioner with no understandable reason”.
” Terminal benefits will enable a retired worker to live a life totally free from want, with decency, self-reliance, and dignity. Depriving such right to livelihood, will leave a pensioner fall on the thorns of life and bleed,” the court observed.
Mr. Thimmaiah’s legal fight began after he was ended from service on May 24, 1999 for misconduct and theft without holding any questions when he was working as a storekeeper in Bengaluru in the erstwhile Karnataka Electrical power Board.
The court delivered the verdict in his favour in January 2000, directing the authorities to act after inquiry and by then he had retired from service on June 30,1999
Afterwards, he approached the High Court three more times as the authorities without holding any questions went on rejecting retirement advantages and pension by mentioning that the quantity was adjusted towards loss caused owing to his alleged misdeeds.
Lastly, the authorities in 2015 dropped disciplinary proceedings and held that he was entitled for pension. But terminal advantages remained overdue regardless of repeated representations, triggering him to knock the doors of the court in 2018 with this petition, which was the 5th one.
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