Court finally rules ex-IAF officer not dead

February 25th, 2011 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Rajpura (Punjab), Feb 25 (IANS) After a 12-year legal battle, a retired Indian Air Force (IAF) officer is finally a happy man — because the court has ruled that he is not dead and he must get his pension!Sital Singh Bagi, a former IAF warrant officer, was ironically battling a verdict based on a petition filed by his wife, Naseed Kaur, that he was dead.

Additional Civil Judge Gopal Arora ruled that Bagi was very much alive and asked the IAF to pay him his pension. The copy of the verdict, which came last week, was made public Thursday.

Bagi, in his early 70s, moved a court here in August 1999 against a 1996 decision declaring him dead. The court declared him dead on the basis of a petition filed by Kaur.

Sital retired from the IAF in September 1986. He went into hiding in 1987 following threats from terrorist outfits.

Between 1987 and 1998, Bagi kept moving from one place to another and did not contact his family, which lived in their ancestral home in Patiala.

All these years Kaur was getting family pension after she submitted a court certificate with IAF, stating that her husband was dead.

When Bagi returned home in 1998, his wife and children refused to recognise him. When he approached the IAF, he found his wife had submitted his death certificate.

“I am very happy. Though the trial lasted long, I am happy that truth has prevailed,” said an elated Bagi.

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