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Allowing an appeal in The Inspector General of Prisons & Ors v P Marimuthu, a division bench of Madras High Court recently held that “continuation of penury or indigent circumstances of the family” is not the only factor to be considered while examining a request for an appointment on compassionate grounds. It said that providing employment to an eligible family member of an employee who dies is only a concession and not a right that can be exercised by minors when they reach the age of majority (legally coming of age).

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The dispute digest is compiled by Bhasin & Co, Advocates, a corporate law firm based in New Delhi. The authors can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected] Readers should not act on the basis of this information without seeking professional legal advice.