Ex-Jawan Grewal’s Rs 3.5 Lakh Loan Was Revealed Only After Suicide

A Rs 3.5-lakh loan that he took against his pension account in SBI Branch in Bhiwani might have added to his woes. 

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File photo of the identity card of the 70-year-old Ram Kishan Grewal, ex-serviceman who committed suicide over OROP. (Photo: PTI)

Ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal's suicide has stirred a nationwide controversy, leading to speculations over the causes of his death. The non-implementation of the OROP is being touted as the biggest reason that might have triggered the move. However, new developments claim that there might be more.

Grewal had a Rs 3.5 lakh loan that he took against his pension account at the State Bank of India in Bhiwani and this might have added to his woes.

Grewal's family is oblivious of the loan but sources in the Bhiwani SBI branch confirm that he had taken the loan in 2015, reported The Indian Express.

“In May last year, Grewal had taken Rs 3.5 lakh loan against his pension account,” said an officer from the bank.

Grewal's son Jaswant has also denied having any knowledge of the loan taken by his father.

Delhi CM Kejriwal attending the funeral of Ram Kishan Grewal on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)
Delhi CM Kejriwal attending the funeral of Ram Kishan Grewal on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)

Before the implementation of the OROP, till April Grewal drew a pension of Rs 21,927. Last month, he is said to have received Rs 22,608. Grewal's son says that his father had told him that the pension would have increased to Rs 30,000 had the OROP been implemented "correctly".

Claims made by SBI branch officials on Thursday said that Grewal's lower pension was a result of the bank "miscalculating the amount" were wrong.

SBI Branch Manager Ram Singh, while talking to The Indian Express, said that Grewal was being paid Rs 22,608 since April and there was no chance of any miscalculation.

He even added that Grewal had not registered any complaint in this regard.

Singh also told The Indian Express that Centralised Pension Processing Cell of State Bank Of India in Panchkula takes care of the pension based on the Pension Payment Orders (PPO) sent by the previous employer. He said that in Grewal's case also, they had followed the same procedure.

(With inputs from The Indian Express)

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