Compensatory Jurisprudence of Constitutional Courts XII

Krishan Pal Singh was appointed as Clerk-cum-Cashier in Allahabad Bank on 23.09.1985 and his service was confirmed on 24.03.1986. During 1989, he was posted in Aurangabad Branch, District Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. On 08.02.1989, there was a fire accident. Balak Ram, prime accused, was Krishan’s friend. Alleging involvement in incident relating to burning of Allahabad Bank records, Krishan was placed under suspension on 13.02.1989 and was dismissed from service on 22.08.1991. High Court found, suspicion, however, high may be, can under no circumstances be held a substitute to legal proof. Though, there was strong suspicion, there was no acceptable evidence on record for dismissal. We direct payment of lump sum compensation of Rs. 15 Lakhs. The amount is to be paid eight weeks from today, failing which it shall carry interest at the rate of 6% per annum.

Hon’ble Justice R. Subhash Reddy, Allahabad Bank v. Krishan Pal Singh, [Special Leave Petition (Civil) No. 19648 of 2019].