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Madras HC: Joint family to keep 3 LPG connections

IOC told to supply three cylinders to joint family

Published: November 10, 2012 00:00 IST | Updated: November 10, 2012 05:29 IST 

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Quashing an order of the Indian Oil Corporation, the Madras High Court on Friday directed the State-owned company to continue to supply three LPG gas cylinders to a joint family consisting of 13 members.

Justice D.Hariparanthaman was allowing a writ petition by T.Valsala and two others. Mrs.Valsala said she had three sons who were married and living together. They had a common kitchen. There were 13 members in the joint family. There were three LPG connections.

By an order dated January 13 this year, the IOC stated that the joint family could not have more than one connection.

Having such a connection was violative of the LPG (Regulation of Supply and Distribution) Order, 2000. The petitioners questioned the IOC's order.

Mr.Justice Hariparanthaman said he was of the view that the impugned order failed to take into account the proviso to Order 3 of the LPG Order 2000.

The proviso made it clear that keeping in view the difficulty and hardship experienced by households, more than one LPG connection could be provided.

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CHENNAI: Coming to the rescue of a joint family of 13 members, the Madras high court has allowed it to retain all three LPG connections and set aside Indane's decision to cancel two connections.

Justice D Hariparanthaman, hearing a petition filed by T Vatsala and two of her daughters-in-law, residents of West Tambaram, directed the company to continue supply of three LPG cylinders to the family. "When the petitioners are living together as a joint family, that too with 13 members and having a common kitchen, the same should be appreciated and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) officials are not correct in directing them to surrender two LPG connections," he said.

Vatsala and her 72-year-old husband Shri Balakrishnan had obtained the first LPG connection for the family. The couple has three sons - Shajimon, Rajimon and Ajimon. All of them are married but are living as a joint family with a common kitchen. The family now has three LPG connections.

On January 13, 2012, the chief area manager of IOC passed an order stating the family could not retain all three connections, as it violated the LPG (Regulation of Supply and Distribution) Order, 2000. He directed the family to surrender two connections and retain only one. The petition filed by the three family members questioned the legality of the order.

Noting that the family did not desire to have separate kitchens, their counsel told the court that if the IOC authorities insisted, there was no option but to separate their kitchen.

Justice Hariparanthaman cited Order 3 of the LPG (Regulation of Supply and Distribut0ion) Order, 2000, and said: "The proviso makes it clear that keeping in view the difficulty and hardship experienced by the household, more than one LPG connection could be provided. In this case, the three brothers along with their parents and children are living as a joint family; totally, they are 13 in number and they have a common kitchen. Therefore, the order of the IOC authorities directing them to surrender the two LPG connections out of three connections cannot be countenanced."

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