Compensation to the families of the dead and to those suffering permanent incapacitation raised to Rs. 10 lakh
Observing that the litigants were killed at the doorstep of justice, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday made an exception and raised the compensation amounts paid to the family members of those killed, incapacitated permanently, grievously injured and received minor injuries in the September 7 Delhi High Court blast.
Directing the Union and the Delhi Governments to share the payment of compensations equally, a Division Bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna increased the compensation of Rs. 4 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh paid respectively to the families of the dead and to those who have suffered permanent incapacitation to Rs. 10 lakh each.
The seriously injured who has been paid Rs. 1 lakh each will now be entitled to a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh each and those who have received minor injuries will now get Rs. 20,000 each instead of Rs. 10,000 each paid earlier.
The compensations were earlier paid solely by the Delhi Government. However, now the Union the State governments will together share it equally.
The Court also asked the Centre to provide jobs to eligible children of the victims and help those who are studying.
The Court increased the compensations on a public interest litigation by a non-government organisation.
The petitioner, Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Aid Committee, the non-government organisation run by the National Panthers Party chairman Bhim Singh, had also urged the Court to frame a policy for extending monetary and medical relief to victims of bomb blasts in future.
Counsel for the petitioner had argued that the compensation amounts paid to the families of the dead and the injured were inadequate.
The petitioner had also sought a direction to the governments for making comprehensive arrangements for the treatment of injured in the blast to provide them appropriate relief for their future life.
While issuing notices to the governments, the Court had expressed the hope that they would rise to the occasion and help the families of the dead and the injured to lead their life with dignity.
As many as 15 people had been killed and 74 injured, several of them seriously, in the blast at gate No. 5 of the High Court.