The Delhi High Court (HC) will pronounce orders in 2 separate pleas, which challenges government’s decision of providing Rs. 1 crore compensation to Ram Kishan Grewal’s family and grant him the martyr status.
The ex-army man committed suicide in the national capital due to his grievances on the One Rank One Pension issue. Avadh Kaushik, a renowned advocate, opposed the AAP government’s decision to confer martyrdom on Grewal.
Puranchand Arya filed the petition. It said that granting martyr status is likely to promote some more suicides in future over monetary issues. The petitioner further asked the court to frame some proper guidelines for granting martyr status by both central and state governments.
On November 4, 2016, Grewal commitedd suicide at Janpath by consuming poison. His action led to a political firestorm and some dramatic scenes in Delhi. It forced police to detain Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, and even Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
Furthermore, the police also detained some of the family members of Grewal, including two sons, Kiran Chaudhary and Randeep Singh Surjewala. They were held for hours in different police stations, before they were allowed to leave.
However, the petition did not get any angle, as of now, as there were mixed reviews about it. Some reactionaries believe that if the petition gets approval by the Delhi HC, it can encourage more suicides.