Former TNCC president Tindivanam K. Ramamurthee has knocked the door of the Madras High Court for a direction to the Pay and Accounts Officer, Lok Sabha, to pay him MPs’ pension from December 2012.
Justice K.K. Sasidharan has ordered notice of admission returnable by July 23.
In his petition, the 80-year-old former parliamentarian, said he was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1984-1990. He was elected to the Lok Sabha as a Congress candidate from Tindivanam constituency in the 1991 elections. He was getting pension from August 10, 1998.
By a letter dated August 18, 2011, the Pay and Accounts Officer informed him that he was eligible for revised pension of Rs.29,000. He was getting the revised amount promptly.
However, without assigning any reason, the pension was stopped. In March this year, he wrote to the official concerned, but there was no response.
He sent a reminder through the Lok Sabha Speaker in April. This also did not yield any result. He addressed another letter to the Pay and Accounts Officer, but in vain.
The Parliament secretariat ought to have set an example to other government organs by acting swiftly.
Despite his letters and reminders, the authorities did not even respond. Hence, the present petition, he said.