Union Home Minister fined in Netaji's bodyguard pension case

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Chandigarh, Mar 3 (UNI) The Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed a cost of Rs one lakh on the Union Government's Freedom Fighter Wing in the Ministry of Home Affairs, for failing to restore the freedom fighter pension to Surjan Singh of the Indian National Army (INA).

Surjan Singh of Ballianwala village in Tarn Taran district of Punjab was the personal bodyguard of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

The judgement was delivered by the Division Bench of Justice M M Kumar and Justice T P S Mann.

The order came on the writ petition of Gurcharan Kaur, the 85-year-old widow of the ex-INA sepoy who had moved the court last year after a lower court in Amrirtsar had in 2004 dismissed the civil suit to secure the release of his freedom fighter pension suspended in August 1977 and subsequently cancelled in 1979.

The Bench quashed both the orders and ordered restoration of the pension to the widow of Surjan Singh and pay all the arrears since August 1977 to date within two months along with an interest of 10 per cent till the actual payment is made.

The petitioner died in 2000 while his civil suit was pending in the lower court at Amritsar. But the case was pursued by his legal heir Gurcharan Kaur.

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