M. Selvam (41) of Maruthur in Thanjavur district, whose right hand was chopped off in 2003 while working in a rice mill but denied compensation on the ground that there was no employer-employee relationship between him and the mill owner, observed fast in the Madras High Court Bench premises here on Wednesday claiming that he was denied justice.
A petition filed by him seeking a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh was dismissed by a labour court in 2005. Subsequently, the High Court too dismissed his appeal. Hence, he rode down to the Bench in a bicycle all the way from Thanjavur and sat in front of the Gandhi Statue hanging a board, around his neck, which read: “Fast-unto-death or till I get justice.”
He wanted the court to re-hear his case.
The High Court officials held several rounds of talks with him and explained that the only remedy available for him was to file an appeal before the Supreme Court. He was later taken to the Othakadai police station and let off after taking an undertaking that he would not indulge in such acts in future.