SC dismisses PIL against pension, benefits to former Parliamentarians

Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL challenging the perks, including pension and travel allowances, given to former Parliamentarians. A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul had reserved its verdict on the PIL on the 7th of last month.

An NGO had approached the apex court challenging the Allahabad High Court order dismissing its plea which had claimed that pension and other perks being given to MPs even after demitting office were contrary to Article 14 (Right to Equality) of the Constitution.

The Centre had told the apex court that the entitlement of former MPs to get pension and other benefits was justified as their dignity has to be maintained even after they complete their tenure as parliamentarians. It told the bench about the Finance Bill 2018 which contains provisions regarding salary and pension of MPs and also about revision of their allowances after every five years on the basis of cost inflation index.