UK survivor of Mum 26/11 terror attacks sues Taj

Last Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 22:40

London: Will Pike, a London-based survivor
of the Mumbai terror attacks that left him crippled for life
after falling 50 feet from his bedroom window, has sued
Mumbai`s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel for "failing" to provide
guests with adequate security.

Proceedings have been started in the High Court here and
a notice was served last week on the London base of the Indian
Hotel Company Limited (IHCL), which owns the Taj Hotel.

Pike`s lawyer Russell Levy told PTI today that the case
involves a "very substantial sum", which is necessary to
ensure that Pike is properly looked after for the rest of his
life, including a specially adapted residence and special
therapies.

Pike was in the hotel with his former girlfriend Kelly
Doyle when the terrorists attacked the hotel.

IHCL, he said, has a considerable presence in England,
which makes it easy to deal with the case here rather than in
India.

When asked to comment on the case, a company spokesman
said they did not want to comment on it as the matter is sub
judice.

Levy said: "We are proceeding with legal action in
England after our request for a meeting with the hotel owners
was refused. They have instead suggested that Pike return to
India to pursue legal action and threatened to seek to recover
legal costs from him and Doyle."

Pike`s spinal cord was injured when he fell from his room
window, and since then has only limited sensation and
functionality below the waist. He is confined to a wheelchair.

Pike, 32, an advertising copywriter who is unlikely to be
able to walk again, launched a campaign to ensure that British
victims of terrorism abroad secure the same level of
government compensation as victims of such acts in the UK. The
policy was changed in January to benefit such victims of
terrorism abroad.

Levy, from the legal company Leigh Day & Co, said the
case was "not being brought out of vengeance or retribution",
but it was his view as well as those of experts that the Taj
Hotel was not adequately protected.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 22:40

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