New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday directed the MCD to pay Rs five lakh to wife of a former bureaucrat who lost his life after falling into an uncovered pit and form a taskforce to ensure compliance with safety norms during construction works.
78-year-old Trilok Nath Makan, who retired as Additional Private Secretary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, went for an evening walk on August 28, 2009
at Shivalik near Malviya Nagar in south Delhi where he had been living along with his wife Jai Rani but did not return.
Next morning Makan`s body was found in a ditch by a grocer.
An NGO, Criminal Justice Society, had filed the PIL seeking Rs 1 crore as damages for Jai Rani and Rs 10 crore as punitive damages.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Misra directed the MCD to pay Rs five lakh to Jai Rani. It also asked the Municipal Council of Delhi to constitute a task force which
will ensure that the safety norms are followed to the maximum extent during construction activities in the Capital.