Ex gratia to gardner Jethu Ram’s kin: Patiala court’s whip works

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2016 16:50 IST
Patiala DC’s official vehicle and the office building was attached by a court for not complying with its order. (HT File Photo)

The court’s whip worked as what was not done in seven years was achieved in seven hours.

Facing the attachment of deputy commissioner’s office and vehicle, the district administration cleared release of Rs 1.15 lakh ex gratia to deceased gardener Jethu Ram’s legal heirs. The cheque for the said sum will be handed over to the family through court on Friday.

And a special messenger has been rushed to the accountant general’s office at Chandigarh to clear dues of gratuity and other service benefits to the legal heirs, for which the departmental process was completed in the night. These benefits will also be released by August 16, the administration said in an affidavit to the court.

Read: Court wrath: Delay in ex gratia leaves Patiala DC red-faced

All this happened a day after the process to attach the DC office and official vehicle began. Deputy commissioner Ramvir Singh pulled up the officials of water supply and sanitation department, where Jethu Ram worked before his death in 2009.

On Friday, the public prosecutor submitted an affidavit in the court that the ex gratia will be released by Friday.

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