`Give artificial limbs for blast victim'

NEW DELHI, FEB. 26. The Delhi High Court today asked the city Government to arrange artificial limbs for a man who lost both his hands and right leg in a roadside bomb blast here in October 1997 during Agrasen Jayanti procession.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul ordered the Delhi Government to issue necessary instructions to the hospital concerned to make available artificial limbs free of cost to Ashwini Gupta.

Justice Kaul pulled up the city government for forcing the court to pass formal orders on this point despite an understanding reached on the last date that the victim would be provided limbs free of cost.

What angered the court was the information given by the petitioner's counsel that Gupta had to return from a hospital after he was asked to shell out money for artificial limbs.

``It is extremely unfortunate that on the last date (of hearing) an understanding was reached that the victim would be given limbs free of cost but it has not been complied with,'' Justice Kaul observed.

The court also asked the Secretary, Services and Staff Selection Committee to process the victim's representation for a suitable job within three weeks failing which the former will have to personally appear before the court on March 19.

Meanwhile, the court reserved its order on Mr. Gupta's plea for Rs 5 lakhs compensation for the incident that made him permanently disabled.

After perusing the noting in the original file sent to the Union Cabinet Secretary, the court observed that the State should compensate the victim as there was a failure on its part in maintaining law and order. -- PTI