New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday reserved order on a plea challenging a decision by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to award Rs1 crore as compensation to the family of Ram Kishan Grewal, an ex-serviceman, who allegedly committed suicide over grievances on One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme, last week.
The plea was opposed by the Delhi government which held it to be premature as it was still to receive approval from Lt- Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung.
“The decision is premature as it has yet to obtain the approval of the Lt. Governor." said senior standing counsel, Rahul Mehra on behalf of the Delhi government.
The court was hearing two petitions, one challenging the decision to award compensation and another to declare Grewal a martyr.
It was alleged in one of the plea, brought by Puran Chand Arya, that the decision to award compensation was malafide as it involved tax payers money. It was also argued that the act of committing suicide should not have been ‘glorified’ by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Ex-serviceman, Ram Kishan Grewal, had allegedly committed suicide over the OROP issue on 1 November. Subsequently, Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi were detained by the police when they made an attempt to visit Grewal’s family in the hospital. They were released at the end of the day.
The order on both the pleas is likely to be pronounced on 14 November.