Union of India &Amp; Anr Vs. Kaushalaya Devi  Insc 149 (15 February 2007)
S. B. Sinha & Markandey Katju
(Arising out of Special Leave Petition (CIVIL) No.4395 of 2006) MARKANDEY
This appeal has been filed against the judgment of the Himachal Pradesh High
Court dated 5.1.2005 in Writ Petition No.143 of 2004.
Heard learned counsels for the parties and perused the record. The short
question in this case is whether the Freedom Fighters' Pension should be
granted to the respondent from the date of the application or the date of the
order granting the pension.
It has been held by this Court in Government of India vs. K.V.
Swaminathan (1997) 10 SCC 190 that where the claim is allowed on the basis
of benefit of doubt, the pension should be granted not from the date of the
application but from the date of the order.
In the present case, we have perused the record and found that it is stated
therein that the claim was allowed on the basis of secondary nature of
evidence. In other words, the claim was not allowed on the basis of jail
certificate produced by the claimant but on the basis of oral statement of some
other detenue Hence, we are of the opinion that the pension should be granted
from the date of the order and not from the date of the application.
Learned counsel for respondent has relied on the judgment of this 2127.
In our opinion that decision is distinguishable as it has been stated
therein that the pension cannot be granted from any date prior to the
application. In our opinion this does not mean that it cannot be granted from a
date subsequent to the application.
For the reasons given above this appeal is allowed. The impugned judgment is
set aside and it is directed that the pension will be granted only from the
date of the order for granting pension and not from the date of the