Delhi HC blast: Rs 10 lakh compensation for dead

Delhi High Court ordered government to pay Rs 10 lakh each as compensation to relatives of those killed in the September 7 blast outside the court.

Updated: Sep 21, 2011, 22:05 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre and the city
government were on Wednesday asked by the Delhi High Court to pay Rs
10 lakh each as compensation to relatives of those killed in
the September seven blast outside the court.
The two governments were also asked by a bench of Chief
Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna to pay Rs 10
lakh each to the permanently disabled blast victims.

"The situation in this case is different as it has
happened at the doorstep of the temple of justice," the bench
observed.

It asked the two governments to share the ex-gratia
amount equally and disburse the same within three weeks.

The bench also directed a payment of Rs 3 lakh each to
people who suffered grievous injuries and Rs 20,000 each to
those who received minor injuries.

In addition, the court also asked the Centre to consider
providing education to the victims` children and directed the
Delhi government to provide jobs to eligible children of
victims.
"It was a catastrophe that fell on persons on the way to
reach court to get justice," the bench said, recalling the
horror of the blast triggered near the court`s reception
counter. The blast left 15 people dead and over 70 injured.

Sharma had yestrerday sought confirmation of the death
sentence for the three while arguing that the trial court had
rightly convicted them and awarded them the capital punishment
as there was ample evidence to prove their complicity in the
terror act.

A city court had in April 2010 convicted six JKIF
militants, awarding death sentence to Mohd Naushad, Mohd Ali
Bhatt and Mirza Nissar Hussain and sentencing their accomplice
Javed Ahmed Khan to life term.

The other two convicts, Farooq Ahmed Khan and his
woman accomplice Farida Dar, who had been held guilty of
minor offences under the Explosive Substances Act and the Arms
Act, were sentenced to imprisonment for seven years and four
years and two months respectively.

PTI