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TN Govt responsible for Dec stampede: SC

The apex court said the stampede occurred due to the negligence of officers.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 17:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Supreme Court on Friday held Tamil Nadu Government responsible for the death of 42 people in a stampede at a flood relief camp in Chennai last December.

The apex court said the stampede occurred due to the negligence of officers.

"The incident occurred because of the negligence of your officers. This is not the first time that such an incident has happened in Tamil Nadu. Repeatedly, it is happening in Tamil Nadu for such petty things," a Bench comprising Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justice PP Naolekar said.

The hard-hitting observations came during the hearing of a petition by the state government seeking cancellation of the bail granted to DMK councillor K Dhanasekaran, one of the accused in the stampede case.

The Bench dismissed the Tamil Nadu government's plea that the ghastly incident occurred due to rumours spread by the accused.

"Rumour means there is no source," the Bench observed when senior advocate KTS Tulsi, appearing for the State made the submission for cancelling the bail granted to the accused by the Madras High Court.

"The incident was because of the officers not making preparations for providing flood relief," the Bench said.

When Tulsi submitted that there were witnesses who had seen the DMK Councillor spreading rumour that tokens would be distributed for obtaining the relief materials, the Bench asked him "does he mean to say that everything happened because of Dhanasekaran and others".

"This is because of your sheer negligence. We will not interfere in the High Court order," the Bench said rejecting Tamil Nadu's plea.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 17:10 IST