HC seeks details on treatment of blast victims

The court asked the counsel to file a detailed affidavit by September 21, the next date of hearing the PIL.

New Delhi: A week after a bomb blast killed
13 people outside the court, the Delhi High Court today asked
the Centre as well as the state government to come out with a
scheme with regard to grant of compensation to the family of
the victims.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv
Khanna asked the Centre and the Delhi government to inform it
about the quantam of compensation awarded to the victims so
far and also the steps taken for rehabilitation of the

"We expect both the Centre and the State to rise to the
occasion and solve the situation," the bench said, while
hearing a PIL seeking direction to the both the goverments for
adequate compensation to the victims and comprehensive
expenses for the treatment of those injured in the September 7
blast at gate no. 5 of the Delhi High Court.

"We are sure that the loss caused to the victim`s family
is irredeemable but the legal representatives of the victims
have to live life with dignity," the court observed, while
issuing notice to the respondents.

Directing the government to furnish a list of victims
who have been awarded the compensation and those who are yet
to receive it, the bench said, "Sensitivity is not only to be
shown by the governments but a sense of immense concern and
concept of protective attitude must be reflected."

"We hope and trust both (Centre and the Delhi government)
shall rise to the occasion and show impeccable sensitivity in
view of the catastrophe that has visited the families of the
victims..." the court said.

Appearing for the Delhi government, the standing counsel
(civil) Najmi Waziri told the court that an ex-gratia amount
of Rs 4 lakh each has been given to the family of the deceased
and Rs 2 lakh has been given to each injured person.

The court asked the counsel to file a detailed affidavit
by September 21, the next date of hearing the PIL.

Filing the petition, Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal
submitted that despite repeated blasts in the city, the
governments have failed to take preventive measures to stop
such incidents.

"It is the primary duty of the Union government, state
government and their respective officials to secure and
protect the common people from terrorist attacks," the
petitioner said seeking a direction to the government to
provide social security to those who have been permanently
handicapped in the blast.

"Despite the intelligence input, the governments have not
taken the same seriously and as such have failed to perform
their duties towards the common people," the petitioner said.

He alleged that soon after each such terrorist attack,
the government assures the common people of best efforts to
prevent recurrence of such incidents but nothing has been
done on their part.


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