Govt counsel not aware of any decision on scheme to honour farmer Gajendra Singh

The newly appointed counsel for the government told the Delhi High Court that he was unaware whether any cabinet decision had been taken on the issue.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:May 7, 2015 4:08 am
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On a day the Delhi government released a press statement regarding the launch of the Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayta Yojana on Friday, named after the farmer who died during a recent AAP rally, the newly appointed counsel for the government told the Delhi High Court that he was unaware whether any cabinet decision had been taken on the issue.

Standing counsel Raman Duggal on Thursday told the court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw that he had taken charge just this week and was unaware of whether the AAP government had taken a formal decision to name the farmer compensation scheme after the deceased farmer.

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The submission was made during hearing on a PIL challenging the government’s declaration to “honour” Gajendra as a “martyr”, on grounds it amounted to abetment of suicide, which was against the legal principles.

Petitioner advocate Avadh Kaushik also asked the court to issue a stay on the government’s decision, but the court declined to pass any such order as the counsel could not confirm whether any final decision had been taken. “We will lay down the law. Let them get instructions first,” the court said, while declining Kaushik’s plea for a stay on the farmers’ scheme.

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