The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has held that a soldier injured during World War-II as part of British Indian Army would be entitled to war injury pension on a par with those injured in the post-Independence wars. The Lucknow bench of the tribunal passed these orders after the Union government had denied this pension to a veteran who had been injured in Italy in 1944 during the WW-II.
AFT’s Lucknow bench, comprising Justice Umesh Chandra Srivastava, judicial member, and Vice Admiral Abhay Raghunath Karve, administrative member, has passed these order while allowing a petition filed by Rifleman Govind Singh Rawat of Patty-Khatsyyum village of Pauri Garhwal district of Uttrakhand, who is currently residing in Dehradun.
Rawat was enrolled in the Third Royal Garhwal Battalion of British Army on September 6, 1941, and was injured in a battle in Italy during World War-II. As per the discharge medical certificate issued on January 31, 1947, he had received ‘splinter wound of the right knee of the femur and skull on October 3, 1944.”
He was invalided out from service on April 6, 1947, and granted disability pension for life from April 7, 1947. Rawat, however, wanted a war injury pension instead of disability pension.