Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi archives
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday issued an interim order saying those who are receiving higher PF pension over its verdict should not be affected by Supreme Court’s verdict dated November 4, 2022.
The higher pension should not be reduced, regulated or stopped by the Supreme Court verdict, the court noted in its order.
Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan was adjudicating the petitions filed by those including retired persons from Travancore Cochin Chemicals.
All petitioners had been receiving higher pensions over the Kerala High Court verdict. They alleged that EPFO in January 2023 barred them from getting it over Supreme Court’s order on November 4, 2022.
Petitioners batted that November 4 verdict directs EPFO to follow the orders of respective courts if higher pensions are given over their verdicts.
Meanwhile, EPFO maintained before Kerala High Court that petitioners did not receive pensions due to some technical lapses. It informed the court that the petitioners received the pension later. However, the petitioners pointed out that EPFO has been restricting higher pensions. The new development comes in this context.
The court sought an explanation from EPFO and later requested more time. The matter will be taken up two weeks later.