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Delhi High Court on Tuesday said it would next month pronounce an order on pleas challenging AAP government’s decision to award Rs 1 crore compensation and a job to the family of ex-armyman Ram Kishan Grewal, who had committed suicide allegedly over OROP issue. “List the matter for order by this court on December 12,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said.
The bench had on November 7 reserved its verdict for Tuesday on two pleas, which AAP government had termed premature. Delhi government had defended its decision to award Rs one crore to the family of Grewal, saying it was a “policy matter” which has to go to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) for approval.
The plea by advocate Avadh Kaushik, who had also opposed the government’s decision to declare Grewal as ‘martyr’, has said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should not “glorify” the act of suicide.
Another petitioner Puran Chand Arya, through his counsel Abhishek Choudhary, had sought a direction to restrain the government from going ahead with the decision till the court pronounced its order.
Retired Army Subedar Grewal had on November 1 committed suicide allegedly over ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) when a protest on the issue was going on. The petitioners has claimed that the AAP government has decided to give ‘martyr’ status to Grewal and they should not award compensation like this as it was taxpayers’ money.
“A person who has committed suicide has been awarded. It will promote suicide in the society,” the petition claimed. Advocate Kaushik, who had on two earlier occasions challenged similar decisions of the Delhi government granting compensation and government job to kin of individuals who had committed suicide, told the bench that this was the third time when the government has taken such a decision.
In his plea, he alleged that by granting compensation and a job to kin of the ex-serviceman, Kejriwal government has “glorified, justified, supported, propagated and consecrated the act of suicide”. He has sought directions from the court to quash or set aside the decision saying it amounts to “misappropriation of public funds”.
The PILs has also sought a direction to the Centre, LG and Delhi government to “frame a proper and valid scheme or policy for declaring a deceased person as a ‘martyr’ and to award the compensatory benefits and perquisite to his family”.