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Updated: July 27, 2012 02:33 IST

High Court takes suo motu action on schoolgirl’s death; vehicles inspector held

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S. Sruthi, a class II student of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Indira Nagar in Selaiyur, Tambaram in a file photo.
S. Sruthi, a class II student of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Indira Nagar in Selaiyur, Tambaram in a file photo.

Motor vehicles inspector arrested; school gets show cause notice

The First Bench of the Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of newspaper reports on the accident resulting in the death of a standard II student, Sruthi, and observed that “it is very unfortunate to see the news item that the said bus was given clearance of road worthiness just 15 days earlier by the Regional Transport Office.”

The girl died on the spot when she was run over by a school bus after she slipped through a gaping hole on its seat floor.

The Bench directed that the school authorities, transport officials and those who certified the road worthiness of the vehicle appear in person before the court.

On Wednesday, three persons, including founder-correspondent of the Zion Group of Schools, and the vehicle driver were arrested.

On Thursday, Motor Vehicles Inspector P. Rajasekaran, who had issued the fitness certificate was arrested. He was also suspended.

Chief Minister Jayalailthaa issued a statement that she had directed the Police and School Education departments to take stringent action against those responsible. A School Education Department official said a show cause notice was sent to the school. Director of Matriculation Schools Senthamizh Selvi said the school management should be held responsible for Sruthi’s death.

After inspecting the accident scene and speaking to eye-witnesses and the school management, the School Education department officials concluded that the vehicle which transported the students was functioning in an unsafe manner.

“With disregard for the welfare and safety of the students, the school failed to follow the conditions and regulations of recognition,” the Director said.

A innocent child's life is gone. Who is responsible. It is us, who pay bribes for everything assuming that things will never affect us. The responsibility lies with us for this death. How many of us refuse to pay or ask bribes

from:  Ramana
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 11:17 IST

what use is suspension or even a jail term. If the judges are really serious, then the case is to be tried for first degree murder and a couple involved must be hanged to death.

from:  S.Y.NARAYANAN
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 08:06 IST

The RTO inspector himself is probably just small-fry in the whole
scheme of things - the payoff he receives most probably has to be
distributed all the way up to the top. The big-shots track the number
of certificates issues. If we serious about preventing more such
issues, we need to overaul the entire RTO system.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 07:44 IST

For ONCE the JUDGES of the High court have to be patted. Though
they also read all the SHOCKING news happening in the community, never
has
judges taken SUO MOTO like the case of unfortunate Sruti. If only the
law enforcing officials ACT without FEAR and FAVOUR such instances can
be prevented. CORRUPTION in RTO offices HAVE to be TOTALLY ERADICATED.
The School Management has FULL RESPONSIBILITY in moving small children
in their?others buses. The DRIVER of the vehicle cannot shun from his
responsibilities too. Nowadays you see anyone at the drivers seat can
drive, without knowing the RULES of transport. They do not keep the
line, nor obey signals or give signals!!! No BUS is scrapped even if
it is 20 year old!!! When is this country going to see a SAFE
TRANSPORT. The politicians beg for votes only to come in power and
fill their pockets and Bank accounts, though they talk and preach
about common welfare in meetings.
GOD SAVE SRUTIS IN FUTURE AT LEAST

from:  ANANTHARAMAN
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 07:35 IST

India must learn from USA in this regard if she wants at all and put in place the policy and ruthlessely implement it.

from:  Dr Amrit Patel
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 05:59 IST

While what happened is totally inexcusable , i am happy that immediate
action has taken place to arrest the school officials ,A school not
caring about the safety of its students should not be functioning.

from:  Vickram
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 01:57 IST

@ Nathan - For all this to happen in India, we require the law
enforcement people to be corrupt free. Yes am talking about the POLICE.
And you know the situation of POLICE in India. Here in the US, people
abide by the traffic rules only because the POLICE is corrupt free.

from:  Subramaniam Dharmarajan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 22:36 IST

please make this life count by cleaning up corrupt officers. rest in peace sruthi.

from:  sundar
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 21:18 IST

People who complain government and the quality of the buses, i have a few questions for you
1. As citizens, do we maintain the buses properly? Don't we damage the seats and glasses ourselves??
2. How many of us have stopped our kids or others when they damage the public property?
3. How many of us even "VOMIT" inside the bus and leave it as it is??
4. How many of us had kept our luggage on the seat knowing very clearly that its going to tear the seat?

Government can only request us to take care of public property but the attitude of taking care should come within us.
There is no excuse for those who were involved in this tragic incident. But the change and looking out for safety should come from every one of us.
Jai hind

from:  John
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 20:40 IST

its ironic that we cry about corruption affecting our lives, but we never think twice about Anna Hazare who is sitting in New Delhi, fasting to bring the Lokpal Bill that could reduce corruption in our lives. how many of us are supporting him

from:  nitya
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 17:47 IST

SUO MOTO action will never bring back the life of the girl.It is a forum in High Court wasting the time of the govt calling for unwarranted statistics. The public should aware of similar exercise in Delhi high Court after Ramdev's fasting at Ramlila ground.Public should file a PIL in High Court to take Suo moto of the filthy condition of COOUM river in Chennai. The high Court entrance itself a breeding ground for Bacterias. How many times the Hon'ble judges taken action against this?.No surprise that Chennai High court could not decide a complicated Patent case for want of knowledgeable Bench!

from:  VSBALASUBRAMANIAN
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 17:25 IST

All are passing the buck each other, to stop all the tragic and horrible death, enforcing stringent law for regulation and strict action against culpable , is the only solution to get rid of the issue permanently. Parents are waiting as bee for admission in Top schools, once get admission they jolting as if got PM post for their children. such demands and high expectation is created purposefully by educational institutes ans schools. If think rationally and entire parents wants to get radical solution , the only option is don't ever run behind the so-called and fabricated such education systems. The put intense pressure to child and parents. The above point may or may not be valid for above tragic incidents. But it is also one of cause for such incidents.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 17:16 IST

It is heartening to see the state and the society has reacted promptly and rightly. The awareness of citizens about their rights and the attitude of India towards corruption and negligence have improved a lot in past two years. Hope in few years India will start taking safety and welfare as natural and basic need of daily life.
A few years before all might have just sympathized and largely viewed this incident as part of Indian life and poor girl's fate. We would have never imagined of arresting a state official immediately or holding school responsible. Even Indian penal code does not view homicide due to negligence as a serious crime.
This official will not be punished for the death. He is protected by the immunity given by the penal code to government officials. He may get some punishment for corruption.
I did not understand who or what is this Founder-correspondent? Is he/she the owner of the school or just a paid scape goat?

from:  sumesh soman
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 17:09 IST

In USA and Canada when the school bus stops to pick and drop children, they display the stop sign and the entire traffic will stop. Traffic will start flowing only when the stop sign of the school bus is no more in display. Violations will attract heavy fine and even suspension of driver's license. Every year there are compulsory inspections for the vehicles. When I visited India last year I found how much it is dangerous to cross the roads. There are no zebra crossings and there is no traffic light which displays the "walk" sign enabling the pedestrians to cross to the other side of the road. How can you say that India is developed? Infrastructure is very poor. Government has to be very very strict in enforcing the traffic rules and regulations and violators should be incarcerated and their driver licenses must be cancelled.

from:  Nathan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 16:56 IST

Life is very cheap in India, isn't it? The RTO inspector should be held
responsible and booked under causing death by negligence and taking
bribe cases. Taking a bribe should be made non-bailable offense.
But tackling just this once isn't enough to curb such a menace. There is
a dire need for very tough anti-corruption laws in our country.

from:  Uday
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 16:53 IST

The RTO is first criminal in this, also it is everyone resposibility to make themselves correct, here i would say the school management should take resposibilty, whenever they run a school they should know/maintain/superwise all the facility which they provide. If they superwised the bus after the FC was done it might have corrected.

We have a lot of rules for running a school but no one followed up.

from:  Sathis
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 15:23 IST

The RTO should be dismissed from service. So should all the Govt
employees getting bribes for doing their jobs.Suspension is a silly
punishment.The employee gets 70% of his salary and benefits and then
after a few months of investigations,he is transferred or comes
through the back door through political interference. If they are
dismissed and taken back after they prove their innocence in a
court,India will be a FAR better place to live.But this will never
happen as 90% of these corrupt govt employees should either dismissed
or be in jail and politicians are the beneficiaries of these corrupt
govt officials. Every damn crime and abuse of rights in India can be
traced to corruption.Will it ever end?

from:  kannan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 15:05 IST

MY heart felt condolences to the poor parents of Shruthi and her brother. However i am still surprised to know that the flooring of a bus is still made of Ply wood. This cannot be acceptable. During rainy season there is every chance at the wood loses the strength to hold weight on top of it. Here the hole clearly is created due to the fact that the wood was damaged beyond its tolerance and resulted in allowing a talented life leave us in a untimely depart. I think its is time we look at more technical enhancement in building a bus or any transport vehicle before we wake up to another innocent life (s) leaving us for no fault of theirs'. All those officials and decision makers and savours of land..... Please do honesty to our belief in you all.......

from:  Janardhanan Prabhakaran
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 14:52 IST

I appreciate the High Court of Chennai for taking this matter on suo motu basis. Strict action should be initiated on the culprits, so that such incidents do not recur. Also, the High Courts and Supreme Court of our country should take suo motu action on such incidents which will create mass awakening and will lead to thought provoking debates.

from:  KV Suryanarayanan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 14:51 IST

It is heart rending to see the news of school child fatally fell down
from inside the school bus due to the negligence in maintaining the
school bus. A stringent punishment to be given to all the concerned
persons, so as to create a fear among the other fraudulent persons.
When a company or any management purchase a new bus, they sell the old
vehicle for another person, who do not care to repair and maintain it,
but use it as is where is condition, which causes this kind of
accidents. The permit issuing authorities toiling the genuine vehicle
owners for issuing licence and permits, but do not take care before
issuing permits to vehile owners, who come through touts.

Not only school buses, but also Autos / Share autos carrying more than
fifteen school going children with their overloaded bags and lunch
bags, and precariously driving, leading to dangerous consequence to
the children besides other vehicles like two wheelers, etc. HATS OF TO
HON'BLE COURT.

from:  SEKAR S.
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 14:27 IST

The culprit is neither the bus driver nor the school's authorities. It
is the RTO office who issued the NOC. Ramifications of corruption. Glad
that he is been arrested without any delay.

from:  Hariharan V
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 14:14 IST

arrests now ... will indians ever have the imagination to act preemptively to stop tragedies or will we only react after disasters happen? stable doors and horses come to mind.

from:  varadhan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 14:13 IST

Reminds of the Indian movie by Kamala hassan ,we need drastic steps to be taken and the guilt punished ,this is nothing but murder

from:  Arjun
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 14:10 IST

How many MTC Buses are in good condition?
What about the new MTC Buses? If you will take a new MTC Buses with
the Board Delux or super Delux MTC Buses will charge minimum Rs.7/-
are not at all eligible to board the passengers with safe journey.
1.There is no adequate space between the front and next seat to sit on
the seat(If you would get opportunity to get a seat than standing
journey).
2.Area of the seat also not enough for a passenger, who is normal
built. Sometimes, your fellow traveler may occupy both seat and you
may be in the half of the seat.
3.The seats are not in the same height, so be alert. The passenger who
is next row may hit your head when he take or leave the seat.
4.VERY IMPORTANT ONE. The seat on the wheel side, is very height. And
same height of the window. If you keep any valuable things like
mobile, laptop etc. don't occupy the seat. VERY IMPORTANT don't keep
the infant/children on such seats. They may fall down on the road
through window.
5.How FC given them?

from:  A P IRUNGOVEL
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 14:05 IST

Loss is loss. It should not happened again to any individual. My
heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
O.K.
What is going to happened to the RTO officer who passed the FC for
this vehicle? There will be an advocate will assist him to save the
culprit. May be a Judge may release him from the case in near or nor
future.

May god keep the departed soul rest in peace.

from:  A P IRUNGOVEL
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:55 IST

At kumbakonam after the death of 80 odd kids government strict en the
rules and regulations for the schools and kinder garden. After the death
of death of the this innocent kid government is going to stricken the
regulations in terms of transportation such as buses, autos etc . When
this government is going to be proactive. When people of india going to
leave a risk free and peaceful life.People will learn only only
something happens... Indian people attitude of adjust at most u can and
suffer when something happens..

from:  Zaheer
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:51 IST

What is needed is an immediate directive to inspect ALL schools buses other than the
brand new ones for their road worthiness. This is the right time to do so given the all
pervasive corruption in the System. May be because of the emotions of the Moment
the buses that are dangerous will be taken off the road without corruption coming
into play?

from:  P.R.Koduri
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:44 IST

The incident should be taken with aggressive attention. Any where in
India. Motor Vehicle Deparment is the most corrupted sector and least
efforts taken up to cleanup. The system is so build up only bribes work
out not any of the complainces.

from:  kiren
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:27 IST

One always read about mishaps on roads be it from reckless driving, poor road conditions, badly maintained vehicle or greedy/corrupt transport proprietors who's only interest is a quick buck.
After tragedies everyone in authorities becomes expert in telling what should and should have not happened. The rest of the time I bet they carry on with typical Indian attitude of asee to hota he rehta ha.
disgusting!!

from:  Charanjit Singh
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:10 IST

The RTO officer who passed the FC for this vehicle should be held fully responsible for this incident and should be punished. This should be a lession for all those RTOS out there who give license to drivers who dont even know how to drive properly and to the buses which haul out hell a lot of smoke.
Yes RTOS if you want to earn back the money that you put in for this JOB then get money to issue a FC but never issue FC to a road worthiless vehicle it might blow up at your own hands.
The childs parents should have taken a look at the vehicle and the seat where the child was supposed to sit.
Most of the parents who board them children into a vehicle do comment like "pathu ukaru da chellam, jennal side pogatha da" etc.
its misfortunate for that little soul to go through this much in her little life......

from:  vignesh
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:08 IST

It is highly deplorable,inhuman & a crime against humanity.It can not be immagined that a transport having such a big hole was being used to transport childern to school or vice versa.It is height of negligence on the part of school management,regulating authorities & State administeration.This shows that for common citizens,how much care is being taken by State machinary.
Suo moto action taken by Madras high court is highly apriciable.

from:  hamlik
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:02 IST

There's simply no point in burning the bus or in thrashing the hapless driver or even in arresting the Motor Vehicles Inspector. Why did the Inspector issue a false Fitness Certificate? Bcoz he was offered a bribe. Why did he take the bribe? Bcoz he knew he would never be charged/convicted/punished for accepting the bribe. Why is that? Bcoz even if the complaint is accepted by the corrupt Police officials and even if the Hon'ble(!)Judge doesn't demand crores for pronouncing a fair verdict, it will take DECADES for the case to be seen to its rightful end. Why is that? Bcoz the politicians who give away freebies worth hundreds of crores cannot find the funds/will to establish more courts to ensure speedy justice! Who is DIRECTLY responsible for this culture of corruption and unaccountability? THE POLITICIANS! ALL PARTIES!I dont see how ANYONE who voted for either the DMK/AIADMK in the past elections can now not hold THEMSELVES indirectly culpable for the tragic death of 6year old Shruthi

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 13:00 IST

It's an welcome move by High Court, taking Sou Motu action after the fatal accident. The Police administration should also take a note of it. The police should stop denying action unless and until FIR is filed for any crime. Police administration and judiciary will have to be proactive and take this type of Sou Motu action against any crime coming to fore. This is necessary and essential for ensuring safety and security in our society.

from:  Mrs HEMALATA JENA
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 12:22 IST

I don't understand why the people like Motor Vehicles Inspector P.
Rajasekaran got suspended .those guys should be freed from their job
forever. else they will be transferred to different location after the inquiry and one more Sruthi who is going to suffer.

from:  jitendra vaishnav
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 11:06 IST

let us wake up from this pathatic incident.The responsibility is lies
from ministry to last person of the citizen.Example,the govt made
wearing of helmet as mandatory.The motor rider has not bother about
his life and the officials who suppose to be monitor also showing
their lapse.First of all there is no moral responsibility and
accountability from everyone.The punishment should be severe against
violation on any mandatory orders issued by Govt.The govt banned
selling of paan items,but no use and the corresponding authorities are
not moving their seat from the office.like this we can list plenty.We
have elected bodies from councilor to minister level,but no one is
visiting their corresponding places and opposition also not showing
any kind of interest on public.every body is money minded and not
thinking of social activities.they will back again during next term of
election.Recently the govt passed a bill for good governance of local
bodies .let us watch how for it will be.

from:  shankar
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 10:36 IST

Sir,
It is corruption which has killed the child. Fitness certificates are simply sold by the RTO and the entire gang at RTO are vicariously liable and responsible for the cruel death of this child. It is money money and money for the Government officials. They sell Driving Licences, Fitness Certificates, vehicle transfer certificates etc, including their own souls, for money. If the money is good enough they would even sell their parents. May God give thm the most scathing punishment mankind can every visualise, in accordance with Garuda Puranam.

from:  V. VEDAGIRI
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 10:33 IST

Regulator and Enforcement Departments in India have become so corrupt and useless that the High Court and Supreme Court are forced by circumstances to adopt that role. A defining feature of a failed state?

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 09:59 IST

.. Thanks for court action ! But may I add that the Honourable Court
should issue " Suo motu " in many such issues like drinking water
contamination ,poor hygenic conditions , the plight of pensioners & aged
,the white collored criminals looting the nation sporting smiling faces
etc. etc. Only Revoution is the need of the Hour. 1 I am sure our
generation will be affected. but it is evil -necessity .

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 09:23 IST

I SALUTE The First Bench of the Madras High Court comprising My Lord
Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam who took suo motu cognizance of newspaper reports on the accident resulting in the death
of a standard II student, Sruthi, and observed that “it is very
unfortunate to see the news item that the said bus was given clearance
of road worthiness just 15 days earlier by the Regional Transport
Office.” I pray that the High Court and Supreme Courts to take suo motto cognizance to newspaper and tv reports and bring the culprits to book.

from:  mviyer
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 09:16 IST

The First Bench of the Madras High Court has done great work and each and every for the girl death should be given maximum punishment and Indian Govt should see here after no incident takes place like this and not only School buses but every public transport should be under completly checked for fitness..

from:  K Babu
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 08:52 IST

Very sad news for the entire community that due to corrupt official, the bus was certified, which resulted in the death of this young child. Thanks to the Judges, the silver lining is that court cognizance and taken suo moto action, which will reduce the recurrence of these incidents. Thanks to Hindu for covering this incident in detail

from:  mrugesh
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 08:48 IST

Hightime,we should take very severe action on all the people who take bribe.

from:  Prakash
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 08:20 IST

A den of corruption, the Reg. Transport Offices may be responsible for
many, many deaths on the roads. Through blatant bribery, one can get
Driving Licenses etc., without knowing rules of safe driving.

Lorry and Car drivers who cause road deaths through accidents run
away, most are never caught, although the RTOs gets up to SIX copies
of photos of every driver, all his or her particulars.

I suspect, they do not bother to check those particulars. Most may be
false.

Our RTOs are a DISGRACE.

from:  Murthy
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 07:58 IST

I appreciate the judiciary taking initiatives. But the Hon'ble High Court should make sure that the culprits are punished. The state govt should have done all these well before. This shows the clear state of RTOs who issue FC,Licences and other things without any proper verification. I can see people who even dont know to ride scooty are given linceses. I noticed such incidents with my very eyes at Alandur RTO. This country has lost a valuable resource for no reason. The school should be held accountable and stringent actions be intiated against the school.

from:  Balamurugan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 07:53 IST

This incident highlights that NO rule is followed nor implemented. All hue and cry and lamenting takes place with some temprory action. Nothing happens afterwards. Just call back those accidents in which many children have died due to negligence of transporters and the related officials.Even this incident will be erased from public memory till another disaster takes place to wake up all sleeping officials.Government must maintain vigilance on daily basis in the safety of all especially children.Any loss of life cannot be compensated, no matter how hard the excuses are made.My prayers for Sruthi's soul to rest in peace.

from:  V.Sivasubramaniam
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 07:09 IST

The sweet Sruthi is no more. Neither the consoling words by the ministers and officials, nor the arrest of the persons concerned can bring her back to life.After one or two days,the same negligence,the same violation will re start.How long can parents live in the same night mare?The entire dream of the parents about the children get shattered by such incidents.Extra precautions taken by the management, the stringent stipulations reg maintenance of vehicles and strict control over the discipline of the drivers and parents' over all awakening alone can put an end to such calamities.

from:  Vathsala Jayaraman
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 06:58 IST

At a time when those responsible for enforcing rules throw caution to the winds, who else, other than the judiciary, can step in to stop the rot? Yet again, the judiciary has proved that it can be counted upon by the common man.

from:  JAYARAMAN V S
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 06:56 IST

reminds of "INDIAN" movie where a school bus topples after given safety
certificate. Corruption in india robs the soul and lives of innocents
,this incident is another example.
I wish the true "Indian" Anna Hazare's fast comes to end soon and Lokpal
gets enacted.

from:  rama
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 06:53 IST

How about the RTO who has issued the FC 6 months back?

from:  prasad
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 06:04 IST

why was the owner of the bus not arrested ?? he must have been aware of
the issues when the bus was taken for FC.. am missing something here ?

from:  Thesvaan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 05:09 IST

Can we expect to really see the end of this case? Or, like every other case, it will not see
daylight? As regards follow up, it will move to 2nd page, 3rd page and then finally out of the
newspaper? We expect to see tangible punishment to the negligent. A properly enforceable
rule and heavy fine to the tune of crores and multiple year rigorous imprisonment should be
fixed for such derilictions and corruption.

from:  Venkatakrishnan Krishnamoorthy
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 04:38 IST

The people involved should be punished strictly without any political interference, especially inspectors... these people are the one of most corrupted in all the states. Find out how much school authorities pay them to get the FC.
This should not happen to any one else.

from:  Shanmuga
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 04:29 IST

The court has taken a laudable pro-active action. Now exemplary punishment should be given to those directly or vicariously responsible so that this kind of avoidable accidents due to corruption and 'lassez faire' attitude are minimized in the country.

from:  Poligar
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 04:27 IST

The issue of fitness certificate by Motor Vehicle Inspectors was brought
out well in the Tamil Movie'Indian'. Many say that the situation in the
RTO. Offices remains the same. Vehicle Certification must be brought
under an independent authority and put under a honest and tough I.P.S.
Officer.There should be a thorough overhaul of the certification process
and corruption must be totally eliminated. Only then such tragic
incidents can be avoided.

from:  Kousalya Murali
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 04:24 IST

This is a terrible tragedy. I hope and pray that the family of the victim finds the strength to carry on with their lives.

Holding accountable those directly or indirectly responsible for this tragedy is required. But I feel sad that burning of the bus and thrashing of the driver and attender of the bus by the passers-by is not even being considered anything worth condemning. Perhaps the honorable High Court judges will take suo moto notice of these unlawful acts of street justice that were also reported in the same newspaper article and at least issue a statement reminding citizens that the proper place to dispense justice is a court of law and not the street.

from:  Sandeep Seri
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 03:48 IST

Great to see these actions taken by court. Unfortunately only in TN these happen. In other
states, I don't see (m)any examples.

from:  Jc
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 02:51 IST

This is a tragedy that will remain in our minds forever and good to see the highest court in the state did get their full attention.
At this juncture we all should step up to the safety of our school going little ones to our teenagers using our public transportations.
The site we see everyday, the way theses auto rickshaws are overcrowded with kids and the buses with teenagers just pouring out and hanging out, these are all just waiting for an unwanted serious situations.

from:  Raj S Ram Dublin CA
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 02:09 IST

some how it appears that law and order is better handled in Chennai than
else where in India, with law-lawlessness exponential rising as we move
towards Delhi.

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 01:47 IST

These kind of news appear and then disappear? What type of action has any court or Govt has taken to make people realize of atleast reduce these type of incidents. Things have gone more worse than before. Not much of justice has been seen any of the worst cases including the Kumbakonam school fire. The media too just puts news for a few weeks and then cover it after 10 years with a caption '10 years past no justice yet'. Well.....what to say.......everyone is into his or her own needs. Will there ever be a positive change in our Country?. What lesson did we lear from the Kamalhassan-Sankar movie INDIAN? Nothing....Sad

from:  venkat
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 01:40 IST

This is a great tragedy stories that I ever read on school students die under the same bus that she was traveling. Thanks to Hindu and HC. This is a chain of corruption on part of DEO/RTO etc and school management is creedy for money rather than have one minute to inspect thier own buses. I was surprised why the driver and cleaner of the run such a bus knowing that the gal will die if she sits on that seat in the bus? Tragedy is EDUCATION becomes a big business now and the business has no ethics at all. can any one you bring the gal back to live? If answer is NO, then there is no ethics for the responsible for this tragic incident to live on this EARTH. Court must apend thier LAW to hang these officers and school management without delay to send message to other PRIVATE money minting schools. There is NO need of fast track inquiry as this incident happend in broad day light on the public steerts of Tamil Nadu.

from:  kumar
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 01:34 IST
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