Patna High Court directed the respondent to pay entire amount of GPF along with statutory interest to the petitioner

TITLE: Padam Kumar Sharma v. The State of Bihar & Ors.

Decided on: 19-07-2023

CWJC No: 7458/2023


Facts of the case:

Learned counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner informs that the retiral dues on account of group insurance, gratuity and commutation of pension have been processed. 

Mr. Madan Jeet Kumar, learned G.P. 20 appearing on behalf of the State submits that he has been informed by the Treasury Officer that the same will be credited into the account of the petitioner today or by tomorrow. Learned counsel further informs that in paragraph no.17 of the writ petition, the petitioner has submitted that total amount on account of GPF Rs.7,14,125/- has been paid to the petitioner whereas he is liable for payment of 18,00,000/- (Eighteen lac) along with the statutory interest as assessed by him. Learned counsel further submits that as informed by the District Provident Officer, the entire amount will be paid to the petitioner, in accordance with law, within a period of two weeks after receiving deduction statement from the places of posting of the petitioner. 

Analysis of the court and decision:

Considering the information as provided by the learned counsel for the State, the writ petition is being disposed of with a direction to the District Provident Officer, Munger, who is Incharge of Sheikhpura also, to ensure that the entire amount on account of GPF is paid to the petitioner along with statutory interest in accordance with law within a period of two weeks, failing which this Court will take appropriate legal action against the District Provident Officer, Munger (Incharge of Sheikhpura).

At this Stage, Mr. Amarendra Kumar, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner submits that he will file a detailed representation before the District Programme Officer (Establishment), Sheikhpura for making payment of remaining dues and the statutory interest, which still remains to be paid to the petitioner. He will also file a representation before the District Provident Officer, Munger, who is Incharge of Sheikhpura district to facilitate payment of the retiral dues to the petitioner. 

It is made clear that the authorities must not delay in making payment of the retiral dues in accordance with law to the petitioner within a period of two weeks from the date of communication of this order.

With the above observation/direction, the present writ petition is disposed of.

There will be no order as to costs.

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