The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL challenging former MPs challenging other allowances, including pension and travel allowances. A bench of Justice J Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said, “The petition is rejected. “The bench had reserved its order on March 7 this year. The Center had told the apex court on March 7 that it was ‘right’ to get pension and other benefits to the former MPs, because their tenure as a Member of Parliament has ended, their dignity should be retained.
The Center also referred to the Finance Bill 2018, in which there are provisions for MPs’ salary and pension. The bill also provides for revision of their allowances in each five years from April 2023 on the basis of cost inflation index. The Supreme Court had asked the Center to clarify its stand on making an independent mechanism for fixing the salaries and allowances of the MPs in February. Earlier, the government had said that the matter is under consideration.
After this, the apex court had agreed to investigate the constitutional validity of the laws giving pension and other allowances to the former MPs and asked the Center and the ECI to respond to this issue. In fact, the self-service organization ‘Lok Prahari’ had turned the Supreme Court against the order of the Allahabad High Court. The High Court rejected the NGO’s plea that it was claimed that even after the quitting office, the pension and other allowances received by the MPs were contrary to the constitution (right of equality) of the Constitution.