Thursday, January 8, 2015
Give disability pension to army man suffering from schizophrenia, rules SC
THE RM GAVE ORDERS RECENTLY TO MOD TO NOT TO CONTEST OR APPEAL ON CASES OF SERVICE MATTERS INCLUDING PENSION ETC.
BUT THE REALITY IS DIFFERENT. SEE BELOW:
8 Jan 15, NEW DELHI: An army man who suffered from schizophrenia due to stress and strain of job got relief on Wednesday after the Supreme Court said he was entitled to disability pension.
“He got this problem while being in service and did not have it when he joined the forces,” a bench headed by justice TS Thakur told solicitor general (SG) Ranjit Kumar who challenged the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) order directing the government to pay Kulwinder Singh disability pension as he contracted schizophrenia while being in service. The army had discharged Singh from service on the ground he was incapable of becoming a good soldier.
The SG argued against the AFT order and contended Singh was not entitled to the pension as he was a habitual offender, warned and punished six times by the army authorities. According to him Singh even faced a criminal case was possessing a weapon illegally, though he was acquitted finally.
But, upholding the AFT order, SC said Singh joined the army in 1996 after clearing medical tests. He was later found suffering from schizophrenia due to stress and strain. The incidents of alleged misbehaviour was subsequent and due to the disease. Singhhad moved AFT, Chandigarh, after the authorities discharged him from service and denied him pension on the ground he was removed on disciplinary ground.
(Source- HT )