Two years after 26/11, one of victims of the attacks has approached the Bombay High Court seeking higher compensation.
Harishchandra Shrivardhankar, 58, a government employee, was injured in the firing by Kasab and his accomplice, Abu Ismail, outside Cama and Albless Hospital. Shrivardhankar had even got into a scuffle with Ismail and had hit him with his office bag.
The Maharashtra government had awarded him a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh. He has now approached the high court seeking a further compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
According to his petition, the government notification declaring the compensation did not cover the seriousness of his injuries. It also disqualified him from getting higher compensation.
Shrivardhankar’s advocate Murtuza Najmi, argued that for 22 days after the attack, Shrivardhankar was unable to speak. “Ever since the attacks, he (Shrivardhankar) has had a permanent speech problem,” Najmi argued.
Abu Ismail’s bullet had hit Shrivardhankar in the hip. The bullet injury on his hip has given him a slipped disc and severe back pain, Najmi added.
After the release of the compensation amount, Shrivardhankar approached the government, seeking enhancement of the compensation amount in view of his permanent disability.
Shrivardhankar had written several letters to the government but they were not considered, Najmi said. “After killing time for many months, the government finally rejected his petitions. But, no formal order was passed,” Najmi said.
Shrivardhankar was one of the main witnesses who deposed before the special court and identified Kasab as one of the gunmen who went on a rampage on 26/11.
A division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice ND Deshpande has scheduled Shrivardhankar’s petition for hearing after a week.