“Wife entitled to family pension even if she murders husband”: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Team SoOLEGAL 1 Feb 2021 3:11pm

“Wife entitled to family pension even if she murders husband”: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Recently while passing a judgment, Punjab and Haryana High Court stated that even if a wife murders her husband, she is totally entitled to family pension.

Family pension is a welfare scheme which was launched to give financial support to the family after the death of an earning Government member. Thus, the wife being a family member should and will be entitled to the pension.

The particular petition was filed by Baljeet Kaur from Ambala, who was married to Tarsem Singh, a Haryana Government employee. Tarsem Singh passed away in the year 2008 and Baljeet Kaur was accused of murdering her husband in the year 2009 and was convicted for the same in the year 2011. Till she was convicted of murdering her husband, she was receiving family pension from the Government and which was stopped after she was found guilty. Punjab and Haryana High Court overruled the decision of the Government and directed the Government to clear all the due amounts of the petitioner’s family pension within the next two months.

Even if the wife has murdered the husband, the wife is entitled to family pension under CCS(Pension), 1972 after the death of her husband.

A widow, who was the wife of a Government employee shall be entitled of receiving pension from the Government even if she remarries another man.

Tagged: Punjab and Haryana High Court   welfare scheme   family pension   Government employee   Family Court   Family law in India  
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