Decide on Plea to Issue Stamp on Ghadar Martyrs: HC to Union Ministry

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday asked the Union ministry of communications to take a decision on representations demanding issuance of commemorative postal stamp to mark the centenary celebrations of martyrdom of 11 Ghadar movement martyrs, including Kartar Singh Sarabha. A division bench headed by kartar singh sarabaJustice S K Mittal passed these directions while hearing a petition filed by advocate H C Arora who had submitted a representation to the communications ministry for the issuance of postal stamp in public interest. In his representation submitted on December 25, 2014, Arora had requested the Centre that a commemorative postage stamp be issued during 2015 in the honour of 11 martyrs of Ghadar, including the tallest amongst them – Kartar Singh Sarabha – who sacrificed their lives for securing Independence of the country.

However, Arora received a letter from assistant director general (philately), department of posts (philately section) asking him to send a proposal for which he has to undertake to purchase at least one lakh commemorative postage stamps and send a proposal two years in advance for his request.

Arora sent another representation on February 18 to the communications ministry, requesting that the proposal submitted by him be considered in public interest as martyrs belong to the entire nation and to relax all pre-conditions of purchasing one lakh postal communications ministry or submitting proposal two years in advance. After receiving no response from the ministry, Arora had moved the HC.

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