The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court heard a case on 15th January, 2018 to provide compensation to a ‘dead’ person who is not dead.
The case was filed by Lal Bihari ‘Mritak’ who remained dead in the revenue records. This was due to a conspiracy hatched by Lal Bihari’s uncle to take over all the property.
Lal Bihari came out alive and founded the ‘Mritak Sangh’ which means ‘The Association of the Dead’ and moved to the court against the government for compensation for all the years he has remained dead.
Lal Bihari’s lawyer, KK Pal said “Normally, compensation is paid in cases of death or accident. But this is a unique case and we are seeking compensation citing Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution that deal with the right to equality, life and personal liberty”.
The case was running for 12 years but the issue dates back to 1976. He is asking for a compensation of Rs. 25 crore for all the years he has remained ‘dead’ and wasted proving his identity.
After his father’s death, he wanted to start a handloom business and went to Khalilabad to collect his legal documents, he was told that he was registered as dead and the property belonged to his uncle.
He has tried measures like contesting elections, screaming “Mujhe Zinda Karo” (Make Me Alive) in the UP Assembly but nothing helped.
Finally his living status was restored on 30th June, 1994 due to the revenue officials.
He is currently running ‘Mritak Sangh’ with 20,000 other members all over India.