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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Delhi government’s response to a petition against its decision to label Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh – who committed suicide at an AAP rally here – as a “martyr” and to seek an end to “glorification” of his death.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought response from the Delhi government by September 2 on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Avadh Kaushik.

The court earlier asked the city government to submit a copy of the cabinet decision to accord “martyr” status on the Rajasthan farmer who committed suicide on April 22 by hanging himself from a tree at Jantar Mantar during an anti-land bill rally of the Aam Aadmi Party.

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After the Arvind Kejriwal govt. failed to submit the copy of the April 29 cabinet decision, the petitioner submitted it.

He said that an RTI reply revealed that the Delhi government decided to construct a memorial to Singh and other farmers who committed suicide and to provide jobs to their family members.

Kaushik maintained that the AAP government’s action to label Gajendra Singh a “martyr” and name a compensation scheme after him amounted to “abetment of suicide”.

He argued that glorifying such an act of “cowardice” was not justified.
After the suicide of Gajendra Singh, the Delhi government launched a farmers’ compensation scheme in his name – Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayata Yojana – for Delhi farmers whose crops were destroyed by recent unseasonal rains.

A government job was also offered to one of his family on compassionate grounds.

“This act of the Delhi government is nothing but an effort to glorify, justify, praise, support and consecrate the act of suicide; attempt thereof itself is an offence under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860,” the PIL said.

It sought directions to the AAP government to “restrain it from glorifying, justifying, supporting, propagating and consecrating” the farmer’s suicide.

(IANS) 

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President Ram Nath Kovind Pays His Condolences to Former UN Chief Kofi Annan

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death.
India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death. Flickr

India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

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Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. Flickr

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)

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