We can`t close our eyes to falling roads/bridges: SC

The Supreme Court today said that when bridges are falling and roads are caving in, courts cannot close its eyes to the plight of the common man.

Updated: Aug 26, 2010, 00:23 AM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said
that when bridges are falling and roads are caving in, courts
cannot close its eyes to the plight of the common man.

"When bridges are falling, roads are caving in, the
court cannot close its eyes to the plight of the common man.
It is unfair that nobody is taking responsibility for the
accident and if this trend is allowed to happen , tomorrow
you may say that the driver of the crane is responsible," a
Bench of Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad said.

The apex court made the remarks while dealing with an
appeal filed by a car owner seeking seeking compensation for
the damaged caused to his vehicle in an accident.

Shashidharan, the Managing Director of M/S BE Expositions
Pvt LTD, said that on May 9, 2009, while he and his family
members were travelling in a car and reached Jorbagh (DMRC
work site), a crane boom weighing around 40 tonnes fell on the
car resulting in extensive damage to the vehicle.

He alleged the accident occured due to lack of proper
supervision by qualified persons of Delhi Metro and its
contractors, coupled with utter negligence of its operator.

He had sought a compensation of Rs two crore as damages
to the vehicle and the shock/agony on account of the
accident.

The Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed his plea,
after which he appealed in the apex court.
When the matter came up for hearing, the petitioner
told the apex court Bench that the contrctor CEC SOMA JV and
DMRC were not willing to compensate him and passed the buck on
each other.

The apex court, after making the observations, asked the
contractor to file its counter affidavit by the next date of
hearing.

Bureau Report