CHENNAI:A widow approached the Madras High Court seeking Rs 1 crore compensation from the Registrar General (RG) of the High Court, alleging that the official’s negligence has denied her a fundamental right.
Stating that the sugar mill where her husband was employed was intentionally withholding his retirement benefits despite a court order, she alleged that the RG’s negligence in not listing her petition before an appropriate Bench was behind the mill’s act.
R Inbavalli, moved the High Court submitting that her husband R Raman was appointed as seasonal clerk in 1974 in Maduranthagan Co-Operative Sugar Mills, Kancheepuram. In 1977, his service was confirmed, and he worked for 20 years at the mill and had an unblemished service record.
In 1996, the mill dismissed her husband for frequent absence from work. Raman raised an industrial dispute before the Labour Commissioner, Chennai. However, the conciliation proceedings ended in failure, and Raman approached the Labour Court.
As he could not get a favourable order in the Labour Court, he approached the High Court in 2006. The High Court on March 27, 2012 quashed the Labour Court’s order and directed the sugar mill to release the retirement benefits to Raman within 12 weeks. Challenging the High Court’s order the mill preferred an appeal in court. Meanwhile Raman died on March 2, 2013.
As no further adjudication was possible in the appeal after his death, his wife Inbavalli made representations to the High Court registry to post the matter before an appropriate Bench so that she could get her husband’s retirement benefits which she needed for her daughter’s marriage scheduled on May 29.
Even after four such representations, the RG failed to list the matter before a court. Finally, on May 11, Inbavalli was informed that matter would be listed before the Vacation Bench on May 13, but the matter was not listed on the day.