SC dismisses PIL against pension, benefits to former MPs

The Supreme Court dismissed a PIL challenging the perks, including pension and travel allowances, given to former Parliamentarians.

A bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said: “The petition is dismissed”.

The bench had reserved its verdict on March 7 this year.

The Centre had on March 7 told the apex court that the entitlement of former Members of Parliament (MPs) to get pension and other benefits was “justified” as their dignity has to be maintained even after they complete their tenure as parliamentarians.

The Centre had 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 starting from April 1, 2023, on the basis of cost inflation index.