Kendrapara (Odisha), Jul 27: The mother and widow of a soldier who had laid down his life in the Kargil war are entangled in an intriguing legal battle for the past 17 years over sharing the monetary compensation.
Lance Naik Sachidananda Mallick had fought for the country in Kargil War and laid down his life on June 28, 1999, district officials said, quoting records.
An amount of Rs 22.70 lakh had thereafter been awarded to the his family by the army, the Centre, and the state government. His widow Nivedita Mallick later got a government job and full family pension, the district officials said.
Besides the governments, other agencies and individuals also extended financial help to the bereaved family. With the martyr's widow receiving the full compensation amount of Rs 22.70 lakh, Malatilata, 75-year-old mother of Mallick in Kandiahata area of the district, had moved the local court for share of the sum, officials had said in early 2000.
Kendrapara civil judge (senior division) in 2007 had then ordered the soldier's mother, who is also a widow, is entitled to one-third of the compensation amount from the war widow's account under Hindu Succession Act, 1956.
Nivedita and her minor son Soumya Ranjan Mallick were thus legally entitled to two-thirds share, the court had observed. The widow, however, challenged the lower court's verdict in an appellate court and the compensation amount is since locked in the bank account in the absence of directive from the appellate court.
In the meantime, the Kargil widows son who was minor during the filing of the litigation has become an adult, widows counsel Bichitranand Mohanty said. The Kargil war heros mother deserves a better deal, said Kendrapara Ex-servicemen Association President, Maheswar Kar.