The order is expected to provide relief to parents of personnel who are usually deprived of pension benefits as they are ignorant of the rules, said lawyer, Col S.B. Singh. Panna was killed in 2007 while deployed in
After his death, his widow and parents fought over the pecuniary benefits. Tarun Choudhary, counsel for the petitioner Laxman Ram, filed an application for getting Panna's pension and retirement benefits.
Choudhary argued in court that Panna was the only son and after his death all his pensionary and retirement benefits had been given to his wife, Parmeshwari Devi. But since his parents were old and unable to work, they should be given some benefits too.
"We were fighting for this for long and are very happy," Laxman said. "This judgement will benefit many others.