New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the city government to release within four weeks an ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 crore to the family of a police constable who contracted Covid-19 while performing his duty in 2020. had died. Justice Pratibha M. Singh said that under an order passed by the Delhi government on November 3, compensation to the wife and father of deceased constable Amit Kumar was approved.
“As per the order, the amount will be released within four weeks,” the court ordered. In the order, in accordance with the decision of the Cabinet on May 13, 2020, the government had approved the release of Rs 60 lakh and Rs 40 lakh for the constable’s wife and father respectively. Advocate Arun Panwar, appearing for the Delhi government, said that the officers will follow the instructions. The High Court was hearing the petition of Kumar’s wife. It was said in the petition that her husband had died on May 5, 2020. She was pregnant at that time.
Court said- city government should not step back from a clear announcementKumar, a young constable of Delhi Police, was deployed at Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital to ensure adherence to COVID-19 lockdown measures. In December 2022, the High Court had asked the authorities to decide on payment of compensation of Rs 1 crore to the constable’s family. The court had said that the city government should not go back from the clear announcement made for the payment of ex-gratia amount.