The Madras High Court has quashed an order dated December 10 last year, which directed the authority concerned to recover the excess salary amounting to over Rs 85,000 from a woman after her retirement.
P K Kannammal was appointed as Malaria Field Worker in October, 1969. She retired from service on October 30, 2009.
However, by December 10, 2010, the Block Medical Officer, Government Primary Health Centre, Salem, sought to recover the excess payment of `85, 600 from Kannammal on the ground that her services had been regularised only from April 19, 1977. Claiming that her services had been regularised as early as on October 7, 1969, Kannammal preferred the present writ petition.
Allowing the plea, Justice D Hariparanthaman observed that the impugned order was admittedly passed without hearing the petitioner.
Further, when the petitioner was regularised with effect from October 7, 1969 and the monetary benefits were paid, the same could not be recovered after 32 years, that too, after retirement, the judge said.