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M/S Super Bhootpurva Sainik Surkcha Samiti v. Employees State Insurance Corporation And Others - WRIT - C No. 70497 of 2005  RD-AH 5788 (16 November 2005)
Civil Misc. Writ Petition No. 70497 of 2005
M/s Super Bhootpurva Sainik Surakcha Samiti
Employees State Insurance Corporation& others
Hon'ble Vineet Saran, J
Heard Sri Ashok Mehta, learned counsel for the petitioner and Sri P.K.Pandey, learned counsel who has put in appearance on behalf of the Respondents. With consent of the learned counsel for the parties, this writ petition is being disposed of without calling for a counter affidavit.
Against an order passed by the E.S.I. authorities fixing a liability of Rs. 22,44,296/- on the petitioner for the period May, 1993 to March, 2003 the petitioner raised a dispute which was registered with the E.S.I.Court as Adjudication case no. 9 of 2005. In the said case the petitioner filed an application for waiver of deposit of fifty percent of the amount of its liability. Such application was allowed on 13.5.2005. The petitioner had also filed an application for stay of recovery of the amount from it which application has been rejected by the E.S.I. Court by its order dated 21.10.2005. Aggrieved by the said order, the petitioner has filed this writ petition.
While allowing the application of the petitioner for waiver of deposit of fifty percent of the amount before the dispute is registered, the E.S.I. Court had recorded a prima facie finding that neither the petitioner carries on any manufacturing work nor would be covered under the definition of ''Factory' and as such it would be doubtful as to whether E.S.I. Act would be applicable in the present case. Further it was also observed in the said order that under section 77(1) (B) of the E.S.I. Act, no recovery for the period prior to five years could be made, whereas in the present case the recovery from May, 1993 to March, 2003 had been directed. Since the waiver application of the petitioner had been allowed on the aforesaid grounds, in my view, the stay application of the petitioner also ought to have been allowed.
Accordingly, it is directed that the E.S.I. Court may decide the matter as expeditiously as possible on merits and till the final decision is taken by the E.S.I. Court, no recovery shall be made against the petitioner in pursuance of the order impugned before the E.S.I. Court.
Accordingly, with the aforesaid observations/directions this writ petition is disposed of. No order as to cost.
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