New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought
response from the Centre as well as the city government on a
plea of Nina Pillai, the widow of Singapore-based Chairman of
Britannia Group Rajan Pillai who had died in Tihar Jail nearly
16 years ago, seeking enhancement of compensation awarded by
a single judge.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv
Khanna also issued notices to Tihar Jail authorities and the
Delhi government besides the Centre on Pillai`s plea for
compensation of more than Rs 10 lakh, the amount awarded by a
single judge in May this year.
Appearing for Pillai, senior advocate C Aryama Sundaram,
submitted before the bench that the petitioner is seeking more
compensation for charitable purposes and not for personal use.
He submitted that 16 years have lapsed since the death of
Pillai`s husband in custody and a compensation of Rs 10 lakh
was inadequate. The money, he said, would be spent for the
purpose of betterment of the girl child in the city as also
that of Tihar inmates.
On May 13, Justice S Murlidhar, while holding the state
liable for lapses in providing medical care to Rajan Pillai,
had directed it to pay "within a period of four weeks a
token compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Nina Pillai and her two
sons together with costs of litigation quantified at Rs