Rajasthan government on July 18,2015, had announced a monthly pension of Rs 12,000 and a monthly medical allowance of Rs 1,200 to each political prisoner of emergency in state under MISA and Defence of India Rules (DIR) 1971 by enacting a law during its previous rule in 2008.
Two residents of Pali Shanti Lal Jain and Murli Manohar had moved a PIL in the high court challenging this MISA and DIR pension rules and the notification dated February 28, 2014.
Their counsel Narpat Singh argued in the court that the government has provisioned a budget of approximately Rs 9 crore for this pension from the state’s Social Security and Welfare Fund.
Terming it to be unconstitutional and injustice with the deprived and BPL persons of the state, for which this fund was constituted, Charan argued that the government is diverting this fund for this pension to those, who are well established in political and business fields.
“Instead of making an optimal utilization of this Social Security and Welfare Fund for the help and upliftment of the poor and homeless persons of the state, the government is diverting a major part of this fund for political purpose”, he argued.
Hearing these arguments, the Division Bench comprising justice Govind Mathur and justice Jai Shree Thakur imposed an interim stay on this pension scheme and issued notices to the state government seeking reply in the matter.
It may be recalled that during her previous rule in the state, chief minister Vasundhara Raje had decided to provide pension benefits to the emergency prisoners but before the scheme could come into force through a notification, her government got dethroned and the succeeding Congress government had dumped the scheme.