The Delhi High Court Monday reserved the AAP government’s decision to award Rs 1 crore compensation and a job to the next of kin of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who allegedly committed suicide last week over “non-implementation” of OROP. A public interest litigation was filed by advocate Avadh Kaushik contesting the government’s decision. The PIL also opposed the move to declare Grewal as a martyr. The high court will also pronounce its order on bestowing martyr status next Monday.
On two earlier occasions, Kaushik challenged the Kejriwal government’s decision to award similar compensation to other suicide victims. His first PIL was related to Delhi government’s decision in 2015 to accord “martyr” status to Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh Kalyanwat, who had allegedly hung himself at an AAP rally at Jantar Mantar. The second was regarding AAP government’s decision to award a job on compassionate grounds to the brother of Rohith Vemula, a Hyderabad University Dalit scholar who had committed suicide in January.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of the copy said the high court stayed the order. The error is regretted.