AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court has imposed fine of Rs 1 lakh on the state government for not acting on an application made by a retired principal for his service and retirement benefits.
After imposing the fine for sitting tight on the application for pensionary benefits for three long years, a bench headed by Justice H N Devani on Wednesday ordered the state government to take a fresh decision on the retired principal, Bhalchandra Dave’s application within two months, said petitioner’s advocate B P Gupta.
According to case details, Dave was serving as in-charge principal of ITI in Ankaleshwar in Bharuch district in 2000, when he was booked for accepting bribe of Rs 5,000. He was convicted in 2003 by a special court in Bharuch. Dave challenged his conviction and the high court acquitted him in 2015. The state government’s appeal against Dave’s acquittal is pending before the Supreme Court.
Dave was dismissed from the service in 2003. After his acquittal, he demanded arrears for the lost job after his dismissal to the year of his superannuation, 2012. He also demanded pension benefits and gratuity from the state government. The government did not take any action on his representation.
Dave also moved the high court in 2015 with these demands. In 2016, the HC ordered the state government to fix a provisional pension for Dave. The state government challenged this order claiming much depends on the outcome of the SC order, for if the apex court finds Dave guilty, there would not be a question of making any payment to him.