Punjab

UNION GOVT. TAKES UP MATTER WITH UK FOR RETURNING PERSONAL BELONGINGS OF MARTYR UDHAM SINGH

February 22, 2018 08:15 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Government of India again takes up the matter with United Kingdom for returning the personal belongings of Martyr Udham Singh:-

 Mr. Ashwini Sattaru, Deputy Secretary (Europe West) & CPIO of Ministry of External Affairs (Europe West Division) has informed Advocate H.C. Arora vide letter dated 9.2.2018 in response to his RTI application dated 11.12.2017, that the High Commission of India, London has again taken up the matter with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom on 3rd January, 2018.  

RTI DISCLOURES

After considerable lapse of about one year, Advocate H.C. Arora submitted an application under RTI Act, to the Europe West Division, Ministry of External Affairs, seeking information regarding the progress in the matter. It is in response to the said RTI application that the latest status of the case has been apprised by the CPIO of Ministry of External Affairs (Europe West Division).

A perusal of the aforesaid letter dated 3rd January, 2018 shows that on 13.12.2016 also, the matter regarding returning of personal belongings of Martyr Udham Singh was taken up. Now vide letter dated 3rd January, 2018, the High Commission of India has reiterated his request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Government of UK “to change the policy of the UK Government that weapons or other items used in evidences in crime of this nature are not returned”, as those articles are important part of Indian history and their return is of immense value for the Country.” Vide the said letter dated 3rd January, 2018, the High Commission of India, London has requested the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Government of UK, London to take up this matter at appropriate level, to facilitate return of these items to the Government of India at the earliest possible.

It is worth noticing that a PIL was filed by Advocate H.C. Arora and Karanvir Shenty Thamman, activist of Banur, seeking directions to the Government of India to retrieve the belongings of Martyr Udham Singh from Metropolitan Police of London. The aforesaid writ petition was disposed off by a Division Bench of the High Court on 17.1.2017, when Sh. Satya Pal Jain, Additional Solicitor General of India, had produced a letter dated 13.12.2016 sent by Indian High Commission in London to the Foreign and Commonwealth office of UK, requesting that the personal belongings of Martyr Udham Singh, which include a revolver, ammunition, cobbler’s knife and diaries, may be returned to India.

Now after considerable lapse of about one year, Advocate H.C. Arora submitted an application under RTI Act, to the Europe West Division, Ministry of External Affairs, seeking information regarding the progress in the matter. It is in response to the said RTI application that the latest status of the case has been apprised by the CPIO of Ministry of External Affairs (Europe West Division).

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