Chennai, June 5 (): The Madras High Court on Monday has asked the Chennai Corporation to grant Rs 23.76 lakh as compensation to a fourteen year-old boy whose parents had died due to falling of a tree on the car in which the boy and his parents were returning from a shopping trip.
The disaster occurred while the boy, Karthik, along with his parents was returning home from a shopping trip when an insecurely tree standing on Dr Alagappa Road at Purasawalkam suddenly fell on the car, in which the couple were crushed to death and the boy was injured seriously.
The fourteen-year-old boy who was the only son to his parents was studying in Class VIII in Mogappair. The boy’s father, C Krishnamurthy who was an engineer was working as an assistant director at the Highways Research Station in Chennai and his mother K Chitra was a house wife. Karthik, who lost both his parents at a time had to terminate his studies and later after a year joined a government school in Salem.
The boy received Rs one lakh as compensation from the government was rejected by his grandfather; he filed a petition in the High Court claiming Rs fifteen lakh for Krishnamurthy’s death and Rs seven lakh for Chitra’s death. The government however argued with the court that it cannot take responsibilities for a death that had happened accidently.
Karthik’s lawyer brought to the court’s notice that after the couple’s death, the corporation went on an inventory drive and found that 877 trees were necessary to be removed, and in this connection the corporation had cut down 85 trees which were a source of danger to the passers-by. The lawyer argued to the court that the death could have been averted, had the Corporation done its responsibilities earlier.
The court said that it was a mere carelessness of the Corporation authorities due to which the minor boy lost his parents at a critical time when he needed love, natural care and support from his parents in order to build his career. Justice N Paul Vasantha Kumar, therefore accepted the negligence on the part of the officials due to which a minor boy had lost the precious lives of his parents.