The High Court on Monday directed the Central government to grant pension to two freedom fighters.
Freedom fighters who had sacrificed their wealth, health and valuable young age for the country are entitled to pension as a matter of right, and it was neither grace nor charity. It is a recognition of their sacrifices, the court observed.
Justice AV Sesha Sai, while delivering the verdict on writ petitions filed by Kesireddy Ramachandra Reddy, K Narsaiah and Koriapati Krishna Murthy, who had participated in the people’s struggle against the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad, directed the Centre to grant pension to Ramachandra Reddy and Narsaiah from the date of receipt of their applications. It must be done within three months from the receipt of the order, he said.
The judge, however, dismissed the plea of Krishna Murthy, holding that his claim was based on secondary evidence.
Ramachandra Reddy and Narsaiah made applications in 1992 under the Swatantra Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980, while K Krishna Murthy submitted his application in 1997.
Their applications were processed and claims forwarded by the screening committee and the state government in 1997.