OROP storm: PIL filed against Kejriwal for granting 'martyr' status to ex-serviceman

| Updated: Nov 05, 2016 22:52 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct. 5 (ANI): A PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court against the Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party government for bestowing 'martyr' status to ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal who allegedly committed suicide over One Rank One Pension Scheme (OROP). The petition has been filed by ex paramilitary personnel Puranchand Arya. The PIL filed by Arya says, "Status like this will promote more suicides in future for money." The petitioner has also asked to form guidelines for granting martyr status from Delhi Government and Central Government. On Thursday, Kejriwal announces Grewal a martyr and offered Rs 1 crore as compensation to his kin. One Rank One Pension, a longstanding demand of ex-servicemen, grants retired armed forces personnel pension parity with officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now. The ex-serviceman had participated in protests over OROP and his fellow-protesters today asked leaders not to politicise the issue. A group of ex-servicemen say the OROP scheme implemented by the government last year fails to meet key expectations. Grewal consumed poison on Tuesday. However, the cause behind his suicide is yet to be ascertained. The 69-year-old former jawan was protesting over the OROP issue at Jantar Mantar in Delhi when he committed suicide on Tuesday. (ANI)