14 October 2019


Judgments

Central Administrative Tribunal

Rajwanti Vs. Delhi Transport Corporation and Ors.

MANU/CA/0500/2018

17.10.2018

Service

An illiterate widow, unaware of her rights, is entitled to family pension and delay to enforce that right does not impede her claim

Present application is filed for quashing of impugned Order and for a declaration that, the undertaking/consent (for adjusting the amount of alleged recovery from the arrears of family pension) taken by Respondents from the Applicant is void ab-initio and has no legal sanctity. Further, to direct the Respondents to release the arrears of family pension with interest to the Applicant without any deductions as per the extant rules and law of land.

The Respondents produced a copy of the letter/undertaking dated 25th February, 2015 wherein the Applicant has requested the Respondents that, the excess amount paid to her husband on 18th August, 2003 should be recovered from her pension. The contents of the letter could not have been in her knowledge, since she has only put a thumb impression in lieu of having agreed to these conditions. The signatures of the minor son on the application also do not strengthen the case of the Respondents, since he was a minor at that point of time.

The Hon'ble Supreme Court has held that, an illiterate widow, who is unaware of her rights is entitled to family pension and the delay to enforce that right does not impede her claim for grant of family pension. The same rationale would apply in the present case as here too, the Applicant is an illiterate lady who was apparently not aware of the consequences of her putting her thumb impression on a letter, the contents of which she did not understand nor the consequences of the same on her family pension/retiral benefits.

In the case of Rekha Chouhan v. UOI & Ors, It has been held that, no one has a right to deduct or withdraw any amount from the family pension of the widow, which is her own property. The undertaking or consent, given by the Applicant has no legal sanctity and cannot be used as a handle to recover the excess amount from retiral benefits of the Applicant. Application allowed. The Respondents are directed to pay family pension to the applicant and release the arrears without any deductions, as per law.

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