Courts Update No employee can be denied gratuity, says Tripura HC,...

No employee can be denied gratuity, says Tripura HC, directs Tripura Co-operative Consumers’ Federation to pay gratuity within 3 months

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Tripura Aug 19(ILNS): “Paying of gratuity is a matter of right to every employee. No employer can deny their rights”.

The Tripura High Court made the above observation on August 16, while disposing of the bunch of Petitions filed seeking payment of gratuity.

A Single Bench comprised of Justice Arindam Lodh, while considering the Petitions observed that this cannot be a good ground for not paying the gratuity. Paying gratuity is a matter of right to every employee. No employer can deny their rights.

All the Petitioners in the petitions admittedly were the employees of the Tripura State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation Ltd. They have retired from their respective services. It is their grievance that their services were not pensionable and they are only entitled to gratuity. Though substantial days have elapsed, the Tripura State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation Ltd. has not been paying their legitimate claim for payment of gratuity.

P. Sahu, Counsel appearing for the respondents particularly, the Tripura State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation Ltd. has submitted that the Federation has been running in huge loss.

In view of this, the Court directed the respondents to pay the gratuity within a period of 3 (three) months with statutory interest.

“Any violation or disobedience of this order will tantamount to contempt of court proceeding and the officers concerned shall be liable to face such contempt proceeding for non-payment of gratuity to the petitioners as ordered today.”, the order reads./ILNS/SS/SNG

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