Supreme Court withdraws order approving EPF pension in accordance to Salary
Jan.30,2021: On Friday, the Supreme Court withdrew its order that upheld the Kerala High Court verdict approving pension in accordance to salary. The decision by the three member bench led by Justice U. U. Lalit comes after a review petition filed by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
However, the apex court has not stayed the Kerala HC order which approved pension in accordance to salary. The preliminary hearing on appeals filed by the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment and EPFO against the HC order will take place on February 25.
The withdrawal of the SC order will disappoint lakhs of EPF pensioners. But at the same time, the apex court not staying the HC order is a relief.
The HC had pronounced the verdict approving pension in accordance to salary on 12 October 2018. Representing the central government, Attorney General K. K. Venugopal urged the Supreme Court to stay the HC order.
But, Justice Lalit clarified that the HC order cannot be stayed and that the appeals against it will be shifted for preliminary hearing. Otherwise, a notice will have to be issued over the review petition, the bench added.