Following a petition filed by advocate Avadh Kaushik contesting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi Government’s decision to award Rs 1 crore compensation and a job to the next kin of ex-serviceman ram Kishan Grewal, the Delhi High Court had, today, put a stay on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision. Grewal had, last week, committed suicide, citing the delay in the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) by the central government.
The PIL filed by the advocate also challenges the government’s move to declare the deceased ex-serviceman as a ‘martyr’ and the court will be pronouncing its order on this next Monday.
Last week, the Delhi Chief Minister, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, had been detained by the police for trying to meet the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, outside the hospital. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was also detained twice for making similar attempts and staging protest outside the hospital in which Grewal’s body was kept for post-mortem.
Advocate Avadh Kaushik had, in previous occasions challenged the Chief Minister’s decision to award similar compensation to suicide victims. The first tie Kaushik filed PIL against Kejriwal’s decision in the High Court was when the Delhi CM claimed for a ‘martyr’ status for Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh Kalyanwat, who committed suicide by hanging himself at an AAP rally.