Delhi High Court today reserved its order on two separate pleas challenging Delhi government’s decision to give Rs one crore and a job to the family of ex-service man Ram Kishan Grewal who recently committed suicide in New Delhi over One Rank, One Pension (OROP) issue.
The Delhi government opposed these pleas saying the petitions were “premature” and it is the Lieutenant Governor who has to approve. Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra were hearing the pleas.
One of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Avadh Kaushik who opposed the AAP government’s decision to declare Grewal a martyr. He argued in the court that the act of suicide should not have been glorified by Arvind Kejriwal.
Advocate Abhishek Choudhary appeared for the other petitioner Puran Chand Arya. He said awarding this much amount of money was not favourable as it is “taxpayers money”.
After hearing the submissions, the bench reserved its order of November 14 on both pleas.
Retired army man Grewal had committed suicide on November 1 over grievances in OROP. The suicide evoked widespread criticism towards Modi government which made them defenceless on controversial scheme.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia were detained trying to visit the family of deceased on the same day.
The PIL sought 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”.