Nearly a year after his wife died in an omnibus while returning from Velankanni pilgrimage, a 50-year-old man of Maharashtra has now approached the Madras High Court seeking to expedite investigation into the death.

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He has alleged that the death was due to the negligence and carelessness of the bus crew and operator. He said that Koyambedu police here had registered a case only under Section 174 (Police to enquire and report on suicide, etc) Cr. P. C. a year ago instead of under 304 A (Causing death by negligence) IPC.

Justice R. Subbiah has now directed the police to file the final report in the case as expeditiously as possible.

In the petition filed through counsel V. Raghupathi, the petitioner Don N.K.K. of Raigad, Maharashtra, said he was working in a private company. He had one son and two daughters.

His wife Maria Don, who was a clerk in ONGC in Mumbai, and her nephew, aged five, left Mumbai on September 3, 2012 for Chennai, en route to Velankanni on pilgrimage.

They later left by an omni bus for Velankanni. After the pilgrimage, they boarded an omnibus for Chennai on September 7.

It was raining heavily at that time.

Later, when the petitioner’s daughter rang up Maria Don’s mobile, it was answered by a person who said the woman was totally wet and was lying on the floor of the bus and was not feeling well. The petitioner asked the bus crew to provide medical assistance to her. But it was not done.

Later, the bus operator stopped receiving calls. As Maria Don’s health was not taken care of, she died. Some of her belongings were also missing, the petitioner alleged. The petitioner said the Koyambedu police registered a case under Section 174 Cr. P. C, instead of under 304 A (Causing death by negligence) IPC on September 8.

He met the police Commissioner in November last year and submitted a representation in which he explained the negligence and carelessness of the bus crew in not providing medical treatment immediately.

The Commissioner asked him to go to the Koyambedu police station.

At the station, the police enquired him, but till date, did not take steps.

He prayed the court to direct the police to expedite investigation based on his complaint.