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Ex-J&K employee wins back PF money a year after death

Ali Mohammad Tantray fought against the J&K government for his provident fund money for over two decades. On Tuesday,finally he won but posthumously.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2013 1:47 am

Ali Mohammad Tantray fought against the J&K government for his provident fund money for over two decades. On Tuesday,finally he won but posthumously.

A J&K court not only decreed in his favour the claim amount but also asked the government to pay 18 per cent interest a year from the date his PF amount was due.

It asked the state to pay Rs 2.5 lakh as compensation and Rs 50,000 as litigation amount. It also slapped another 20 per cent interest on the amount from the date of decree till the money is actually paid.

Tantray passed away last year and is survived by his wife and two children,who are now his legal heirs. It all started in 1989 when Tantray who worked in the Flatures section of J&K State Industries Department for over 30 years applied for voluntary retirement. The contributory PF amount due to him then was Rs 20,835.

But despite several attempts to get the money,the government department failed to act. Instead,it claimed that Tantray had already taken the amount in cash and left a thumb impression as proof of his signature.

Tantray moved the court of 3rd additional munsif on April 4,1996,claiming the amount and an interest of 18 per cent a year from the day it was due.

“An official of the Flatures department deposed before the court and said that Tantray had already taken the money,” the judgment noted.

Copies of documents with his thumb impressions were produced. But when Tantray’s thumb prints were taken,the forensic department found that it did not match with those on the documents submitted by the government. “So,the signatures were not that of Tantray,” the judgment further noted.

But justice continued to elude him for long until on Tuesday the court passed a verdict in his favour.

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