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The State of Punjab & Ors v. Surjit Singh - RSA-3542-2004  RD-P&H 2232 (3 April 2006)
DATE OF DECISION:March 27, 2006
The State of Punjab and others
CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE VINEY MITTAL
PRESENT: Shri Sushant Maini, DAG, Haryana.
The defendants State of Punjab and others are in appeal.
A suit for declaration was filed by the plaintiff claiming that he had been dismissed from service with effect from August 16,1995 but the GPF amount lying with the defendants had not released to him till February 2001. Consequently, he claimed interest on the delayed payment.
The learned trial Court noticed that there was a delay in making the payment of GPF amount by the defendants. However, it was also noticed that the plaintiff had applied for the release of GPF amount after four years. Consequently, the suit of the plaintiff was partly decreed and he was held entitled to the interest on the delayed payment of GPF amount for the period with effect from August 7,1986 till August 16,1995.
The plaintiff filed an appeal against the judgment of the learned trial Judge. He claimed that he was entitled to interest till date of payment. The learned First Appellate Court re-appraised the entire evidence and came to the conclusion that the payment of GPF fund was primarily the responsibility of the defendants and there was no requirement of the plaintiff making a request for the payment of the amount. Consequently, the appeal of the plaintiff was allowed and the plaintiff was held entitled to interest from August 7,1986 till February 2001.
Nothing has been shown that the findings of fact recorded by the learned Courts below suffer from any infirmity or are contrary to the record.
No question of law, much less any substantial question of law, arises in the present appeal.
March 27, 2006 (Viney Mittal)
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