The Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday issued directions to the Punjab government to file a status report about the initiatives taken by the state with the central government for retrieving the personal belongings, including pistol and dairy, of martyr Udham Singh from Metropolitan Police, London, to India.
The directions came from a Division Bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Hari Pal Verma while hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Hari Chand Arora.
Arora has sought directions to Punjab government as well as the Union Ministry for External Affairs to bring back the belongings of martyr from Metropolitan Police, London.
Udham Singh had shot General Michael O’Dwyer on March 13, 1940, who was the lieutenant governor of Punjab at the time of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919. He was hanged to death on 31 July 1940.
Udham Singh’s belongings were deposited in Black Museum of Scotland Yard, London.
Replying to a question asked by the court, the petitioner submitted that even if those belongings are case property, yet the Indian government may make efforts to get those belongings on supardari (custody) basis.
The High Court has directed the Punjab government to file its response by September 16, without issuing any formation notice of motion.