Rajasthan: After almost 5-decade legal battle, 81-yr-old gets varsity gold medal

By: | Published: June 24, 2016 1:54 PM

An 81-year-old retired IAS officer got his due after a nearly five-decade battle with Rajasthan University awarding him the gold medal for securing first position...

Nearly half a century ago, Ajeet Singh Singhvi, then a 34-year-old Rajasthan Administrative Services officer, attended LLB evening classes at Government Dungar College. (IE)Nearly half a century ago, Ajeet Singh Singhvi, then a 34-year-old Rajasthan Administrative Services officer, attended LLB evening classes at Government Dungar College. (IE)

Nearly half a century ago, Ajeet Singh Singhvi, then a 34-year-old Rajasthan Administrative Services officer, attended LLB evening classes at Government Dungar College, Bikaner. While he completed the course in 1969, it took 47 years to rectify an error that denied him a gold medal back then.

A classmate and a distant relative, Sawai Singh, was adjudged recipient of the medal based only on final year marks, an ‘error’ which Singhvi, now 81, feels could have been addressed in “five minutes” then. Singhvi contested and said marks of both years should be considered for the honour.

What followed was a case that spanned the munsif (civil) court, a district court, the high court, with Singhvi appearing over 300 times to argue his own case after two of his counsels passed away in the course of the trial. On Thursday, that journey came to an end.

In a special ceremony, V-C of University of Rajasthan, J P Singhal, handed over the medal and a citation to Singhvi, who was promoted as IAS officer in 1979.

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