At 91, World War-2 veteran protests over ‘denial of dues’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 04, 2015 09:20 IST

On Thursday, World War-2 veteran Amar Singh, 91, who was sitting on protest over “delayed justice” outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court was physically removed by the Chandigarh police. He had protested outside the court on August 31 also.

The police dropped Amar Singh back at his house.

The placards which talk about “judicial corruption” are part of his bag which he takes to high court during the hearing of his case.

Hard of hearing, Singh has been fighting the legal battle for over 25 years now. “It is his courage that he does not get tired fighting. We have told him to forget about it, but he is adamant.
My son drops him at the high court and he has hired a lawyer on his own,” said Gurinder Kaur, daughter of Amar Singh. Singh was appearing in person in the case till some time ago.

Having fought the World War2, he was awarded India Service Medal and War Medal. After the country gained Independence, he joined printing department of the Punjab government and retired from the post of superintendent.

As he was allegedly denied the benefit of military services regarding fixation of pay seniority, promotion, he filed a writ petition in the high court which was allowed. The litigation went to the apex court which also ruled in his favour, but his full dues were never paid to him, he said.

Now, he is pursuing a criminal petition for taking action against those who are responsible for “injustice” to him. He has stated that he be “awarded death” if his complaint is found “vexatious or frivolous”.

He has submitted before the court that he would “commit suicide under the depression of perpetual, grave-injustice, judicial tyranny, terrorism and naked discrimination”.

He claims that with interest his dues are now over `1 crore.
“I will continue to fight till I get justice,” he said.

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