Per­son who com­mits sui­cide can­not be a mar­tyr: Delhi HC

The Indian Express - - THE CITY - PRESS TRUST OF IN­DIA

A PER­SON who com­mits sui­cide can­not be termed a mar­tyr, the Delhi High Court Thurs­day told the AAP gov­ern­ment, which had con­ferred the sta­tus on an exarmy­man, who al­legedly killed him­self over the One Rank, One Pen­sion (OROP) is­sue last year.

A bench of Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal and Jus­tice Anu Mal­ho­tra asked what duty was the ex-army­man, who was at Jan­tar Man­tar, dis­charg­ing. “He com­mit­ted sui­cide on his own. Can he be called a mar­tyr?” the bench asked.

The court was hear­ing two PILS against the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ac­cord mar­tyr sta­tus to Ram Kis­han Gre­wal, who al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide dur­ing a protest at Jan­tar Man­tar over the OROP is­sue on Novem­ber 1 last year.

Another PIL op­posed the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to de­clare as mar­tyr a Ra­jasthanbased-politi­cian-cum-farmer

Ga­jen­dra Singh Kalyan­wat, who had al­legedly hanged him­self at an AAP rally at Jan­tar Man­tar on April 22, 2015.

The in­ci­dent took place dur­ing an anti-land bill rally called by the Aam Aadmi Party.

The court’s oral ob­ser­va­tion came while club­bing all three mat­ters to­gether and list­ing them for fur­ther hear­ing on July 7.

Dur­ing the brief ar­gu­ments, the pe­ti­tion­ers’ lawyers told the court that only those per­sons who die fight­ing in bor­der ar­eas or while dis­charg­ing their duty can be termed or con­sid­ered as mar­tyr.


ID card of Ram Kis­han Gre­wal, who com­mit­ted sui­cide dur­ing an OROP protest in Jan­tar Man­tar last Novem­ber.

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