The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed H.C. Bhanot, Union Home Under Secretary, to pay Rs.25,000 as cost to Sadanad Swamy, 85, a freedom fighter from Kollam, who was refused the Swatantra Sainik Samman pension despite its directive.

Justice S. Siri Jagan issued the directive while allowing a writ petition filed by Mr. Swamy.

The court said it was a case of a freedom fighter being driven from pillar to post for getting pension and fighting the legal battle for 15 years. The court noted that a Single Judge had found that the petitioner was eligible to get freedom fighters' pension from the State and Central governments and the court had directed issued a directive.

A Division Bench had affirmed the directives of the Single Judge, when the State government appealed against the Single Judge's order. Though the State government was kind enough to grant him pension, the Centre refused it despite the State government's recommendations. The Judge directed the Centre to inform it of the disciplinary action after four weeks.

CBI plea adjourned

Justice V. Ramkumar on Thursday adjourned to July 19 the hearing on a petition filed by the CBI seeking a directive to the police to hand over the case diary relating to the custodial death of Sampath, an accused in a murder case in Palakkad.

The CBI said though the court had directed the State government and the police to hand over the investigation to the CBI forthwith, it was yet to get the diary.

Directive to TDB

A Bench on Thursday directed the Travancore Devaswom Board to file a reply to a writ petition challenging the prescription of SSLC as one of the minimum qualifications for applying to the post of Melsathi in Sabarimala. The petition was filed by two former Melsanthis of Sabarimala Temple.

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