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Why were the policemen who lost their lives in Covid-19 not given compensation : HC ask Delhi Govt

Why were the policemen who lost their lives in Covid-19 not given compensation : HC ask Delhi Govt

The Delhi High Court questioned the failure of the AAP government in not yet receiving compensation for the policemen who lost their lives in Covid-19.

In the compensation matter, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Mini Pushkarna took a strong stance on the manner in which the Delhi government rejected the names of the policemen.

While hearing petitions seeking release of ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 crore to the families of police personnel, the bench expressed surprise at the Delhi government after rejecting the list of names sent as eligible for compensation. Asking for more documents from the department.

''You should have done this exercise before dismissing their claim. If the police department itself is sending you the name then it means they must have checked it, what other documents do you need.''

The bench has asked the government to file its latest status report on the case.

Standing counsel Santosh Tripathi, appearing for both the Delhi government and the police, said that a policeman was shown to be on Covid-19 duty, but no police order marking his posting was attached, which is why the additional documents were required. Demands have been made. The advocate said that so far a compensation of Rs 1 crore has been given to the families of 92 people.

Petitioner Hinnu Mahajan and others, in their petition, said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced in April 2020 that Rs 1 crore would be given to those who lost their lives while working during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The petitioner said in his plea that 79 Delhi Police officers have died in the line of duty due to Covid-19 and the Delhi government has till date not released ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 crore to the families of most of the police officers.

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