The Hush Post: He fought throughout his life. As a young soldier he defended the borders. On retirement, when the time came to rest on his laurels and enjoy the comfort of his home, he was thrown out by his own family members. He then fought a 9-year-long legal battle and won it too. But, it was too late for him. Before he could return back to his home, he passed away. Lt Col Pyara Singh (retd) died on January 9 at the age of 99. After retiring from the Indian Army, Lt Col Singh started residing in his house at Sector 27-B in Chandigarh. But soon he got entangled in a property dispute and was rendered homeless in 2012 as his family members forced him out of the house. He then started living in a rented accommodation in Sector 48 in the city. At present, his house is occupied by five persons including his two daughter-in-laws.
Lt Col Pyara Singh had filed an FIR in June 2008 accusing both his daughters-in-law of fraudulently and illegally transferring his house in their name. He won the case from the lower court in May 2014, but an appeal against the decision was filed in the sessions court. Again in 2016, the decision came in his favour. The decision was then challenged in the High Court and in December 2016 it too ruled in favour of Lt Col Pyara Singh. He urged the DC office to get his house evacuated, but nothing was done. Then Col Pyara Singh filed an application in ADC court under the Maintenance Act.
An exhausted Col Singh, then again moved the High Court which in turn directed the DC to get the house evacuated by 30 November 2017. In first week of December, Pyara Singh filed a contempt case against the DC. Meanwhile, on December 26, 2017, the ADC court released eviction orders to the occupants. However, before the orders were implemented Pyara Singh passed away.