26/11 victim's Rs5 lakh compensation plea rejected
Rejecting a plea filed by a victim of the 26/11 terror attacks seeking enhancement of compensation, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday observed that he can seek compensation under the relevant law and cannot challenge the Government Resolution.mumbai Updated: Oct 27, 2010 01:32 IST
Rejecting a plea filed by a victim of the 26/11 terror attacks seeking enhancement of compensation, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday observed that he can seek compensation under the relevant law and cannot challenge the Government Resolution.
Harishchandra Shrivardhankar, 58, a government employee, was shot in the hip when Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and his accomplice Abu Ismail opened fire outside Cama and Albess Hospital on the night of November 26, 2008. Shrivardhankar even had a scuffle with Ismail and had hit him with his office bag.
Shrivardhankar’s advocate Murtuza Najmi, had argued that since the attacks, his client has had a permanent speech problem. The bullet injury on his hip has given him a slipped disc and severe back pain, Najmi had said.
The state government had awarded him a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh. But last week Shrivardhankar had approached high court seeking further compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
After the release of compensation, Shrivardhankar had approached the government seeking enhancement of the compensation in view of his permanent disability.
According to his petition, the notification issued by the government declaring compensation did not cover the injuries he had suffered. Besides, it disqualifies him from getting higher compensation.
However, the division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice ND Deshpande rejected the application observing that Shrivardhankar cannot challenge a Government Resolution to seek ex-gratia payment of compensation.