‘Daughter too eligible for share in terminal benefits’, says High Court

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • High Court gives ruling over share of terminal benefits after the death of father
  • Daughter too even if married is eligible for her share

The Hyderabad High Court in its order said that a daughter, even if married is eligible for her share in the terminal benefits of her deceased father.

The High Court upheld the decision of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams decision to allot a share of the terminal benefits to the daughter of an employee C. Raja Gopal who died while in service. By being a mere nominee, all the legitimate rights will not bestow on the nominee, said the court. Justice P.Naveen Rao dealing with a petition filed by C. Chandrasekhar who challenged the decision of TTD in making five shares of the terminal benefits of his father C.Rajagopal, an employee who died in service even to his married sister. Raja Gopal died on December 21 last year.

Chandrasekhar applied for a post under compensatory appointment and also for payment of terminal dues. The TTD calculated the terminal benefits amount and shared the amounts to Rajagopal’s wife Janaki, son Chandrasekhar, mother Mangamma, father Arjunaiah and daughter Sudharani a total of five shares.

Challenging the TTD’s decision, Chandrasekhara Rao approached the High Court saying that his sister Sudharani got married in 2000 and as such she is not eligible for a share in the terminal benefits of his father. He further pointed out that his father named Janaki as his nominee. The judge after hearing the case pronounced judgment that by being a mere nominee does not entitle for all rights and the daughter even if married is eligible for a share in the terminal benefits.

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