NEW DELHI: Pooja, the wife of the constable, filed a writ petition at the High Court seeking the release of ex gratia amount of Rs 1 crore as promised by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in May 2020.
After not receiving the promised amount, an urgent petition was filed to seek a writ of mandamus directing the respondents to release the aforesaid ex gratia amount of Rs 1 crore as promised by the state government.
“Some families received help within 10 days then why this discrimination with me? I have a four-year-old son and a four-month-old daughter. I am worried about their future. If a Chief Minister doesn’t fulfil his promises, I might never be able to trust anyone else. Waiting for justice,” added the grief-stricken Pooja, expressing her disappointment in the CM.
A year after the Arvind Kejriwal government had announced ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore for the family of Constable (Late) Amit Kumar who died due to Covid-19, the family yet to receive any money from the Delhi govt.
As a result, the wife of Constable Amit Kumar, who was the first policeman in the national capital to fall prey to the coronavirus, has approached Delhi High Court to get the promised compensation.
While the counsel of the Delhi govt told the court that the compensation had been delayed due to administrative reasons. The counsel didn’t dispute the CM’s tweet, and he said that the government is taking steps to disburse compensation to various people.
A Bench of Justice Amit Bansal has issued a notice to the Delhi Government and listed the matter for further hearing on July 23. The respondents have been ordered to file their counter affidavit within four weeks.
The wife of late constable Amit Kumar knocked the door of Delhi High Court after she wrote letter to Delhi CM in May this year, which was gone unanswered by the Delhi govt.
On May 20, 2021, Pooja writes to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reminding him to fulfil the commitment which he has done on May 07, 2020. When she gets no response, she had to approach judiciary for the same.
In January this year, Pooja, Amit Rana’s widow, said that the family was recently informed that Amit’s file had been rejected by the Delhi government because it did not meet their requirements.
Apart from Pooja, the Delhi government reportedly rejected claims filed by 12 out of 15 families of police personnel in December 2020 who died of coronavirus while on duty.