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MARICO INDUSTRIES, KANJIKODE-678 621 v. THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR - Ins APP No. 58 of 2004  RD-KL 5121 (9 March 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMIns APP No. 58 of 2004()
1. MARICO INDUSTRIES, KANJIKODE-678 621,
1. THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR,
For Petitioner :SRI.K.ANAND (A.201)
For Respondent :SRI.T.V.AJAYAKUMAR
The Hon'ble MR. Justice KURIAN JOSEPH The Hon'ble MR. Justice K.T.SANKARAN
O R D E RKURIAN JOSEPH & K.T.SANKARAN, JJ. Ins.Appeal No.58 of 2004 Dated 9th March, 2007.
J U D G M E N T
Kurian Joseph, J.C.M.Appln.2256/04 : Allowed. This appeal is directed against the order dated 6.7.2004 in I.C.No.21/02 on the file of the E.I.Court, Palakkad. The E.S.I.Corporation demanded contribution of Rs.4,68,780/- for the period 1992-93 and 1994-95 by issuing C-18 notice. That was followed by Ext.A1 order dated 22.5.2002, demanding contribution for the period from 1.4.1992 to 31.4.1995. The appellant took up the matter before the E.I.Court under Section 75 of the Employees State Insurance Act. The court passed the impugned order directing the Corporation to re-assess the contribution limiting the period to 5 years preceding 11.1.1999, the date on which the observation slip was issued after inspection. The impugned order was passed in the light of the Full Bench decision of this Court reported in E.S.I.Corporation v. Excel Glasses Ltd. (2003(3) KLT 42). The Corporation took up the matter before the Supreme Court and in the decision reported in Employees State Insurance Corporation v. Santhakumar Ins.Appeal No.58/04 2 (2007(1) KLT 133(SC), the Apex Court has settled the law that there is no such limitation. It was held that the period of five years fixed under Regulation 32(2) of the Regulations is only with regard to the maintenance of registers of the workmen and the same cannot take away the right of the Corporation to adjudicate, determine and fix the liability of the employer under Section 45A of the Act. It was also held that the proviso to clause (b) of Section 77(1A) of the Act, fixing the period of five years for the claim made by the Corporation will apply only in respect of the claim made by the Corporation before the E.S.I.Court and to no other proceedings. In view of the above binding decision, we dismiss the appeal.
KURIAN JOSEPH, JUDGE.
KURIAN JOSEPH & K.T.SANKARAN, JJL.A.A. NO. OF 2004
J U D G M E N T
Dated 9th March, 2007.
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