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Delay in paying compensation to Sikh genocide survivor: Allahabad HC seeks affidavit of UP govt secretary

While hearing a plea filed by an 84-year-old Sikh man seeking compensation for the loss of his wife and daughter in the 1984 Sikh genocide, the Allahabad High Court has sought a personal affidavit of the Uttar Pradesh government home secretary.

The claim of the petitioner Pyara Singh is admitted and the matter is pending since 2018, noted the bench of Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi and Justice Vivek Kumar Singh.

The wife and daughter of Pyara Singh were brutally killed in the 1984 genocide.

In 2006, the Ministry of Home Affairs Government of India formulated a policy, which is known as the “Sanction of
Rehabilitation Package”, as per which, the State Government accorded compensation of Rs.20,000/- to each deceased (Rs.40,000/- to the petitioner), Live Law reported.

In 2015, the State Government enhanced the compensation to the tune of Rs.5 lacs, however, it is the case of the petitioner that the difference in the amount has not been released in favor of him, the legal website reported.

Seeking the release of the difference in amount, Pyara Singh moved to the High court.

Noting that the matter is pending since the year 2018, the High Court has now sought the personal affidavit of the Secretary, Home (Communal Control Cell), Government of U.P. on or before the next date of hearing (February 8).

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