Hooch tragedy: HC stay on compensation pay
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday ordered an eight-week interim stay on West Bengal government`s decision to pay compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to families of the 172 hooch victims in South 24-Parganas district.
A division bench of Chief Justice JN Patel and Justice Sambuddha Chakraborti ordered the interim stay on two PILs filed recently challenging the government`s move.
The state government had decided to pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation each to the families of 172 people who died after consuming spurious country liquor at Sangrampur in the Mograhat police station area on December 14.
The court also directed the DIG, CID, to submit its report of investigation into the hooch tragedy to the court.
The state`s excise department secretary was asked to submit reports to the court within four weeks giving details about the rules for combating illegal hooch trade in the state and also state what action had been taken against the people responsible for the tragedy.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Exclusive interview with APJ Abdul Kalam’s aide Srijan Pal Singh
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: How do you cope up with ever changing environment in life?
- Russian aircraft Mi-28 crashes during an aerobatics show
- Shravan month begins, devotees throng Shiva temples
- MCA lifts ban on Shah Rukh Khan from visting Wankhede staduim
- Here's what Islamic State captors told Indian teachers
- 2nd T20: Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali help Pakistan win thriller against Sri Lanka
- Pakistan releases 163 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture
- Drishyam earns Rs 17 cr in 2 days, Bajrangi clocks Rs 283 cr
- Two Indians freed from ISIS captivity in Libya to head home, fate of other two unknown