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SC denies compassionate job to ‘divorced’ daughter

The Times of India logo The Times of India 15-09-2021 Dhananjay Mahapatra
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NEW DELHI: It is a classic case of a conspiracy that went awfully wrong in final stretch. A woman took divorce on mutual consent months after the death of her mother, a government employee, to get a government job on compassionate grounds but ended without the job and her husband as the Supreme Court saw through the deception.

A bench of Justices MR Shah and Aniruddha Bose denied compassionate employment to the daughter of a deceased government employee when it found that she conspiratorially annulled her marriage on mutual consent after her mother’s death with the sole aim of cornering a government job.

Petitioner V Somyashree’s mother, who was employed with Karnataka government as a second division assistant at Mandya district treasury, died in harness on March 25, 2012. Soumyashree was married at that time. Six months later, she initiated divorce by mutual consent and on March 20, 2013, a trial court annulled her marriage. The next day, she applied for appointment on compassionate grounds.

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