A high court prod has resulted in CESC agreeing to pay Rs 6 lakh in compensation to a 13-year-old boy who had lost an arm after being electrocuted in a transformer of the utility.
The division bench of Justice P.K. Chattopadhyay and Justice M.P. Srivastav directed Suraj Rawat’s father Jogesh to deposit the money in a bank account in the victim’s name. “The money will have to be spent on the victim’s education,” the bench ordered.
The accident occurred on November 12, 2007, when Suraj, then seven years old, and his sister were playing with a ball in an open space near their home in Garden Reach. Close to the site was a CESC transformer with a broken door.
The ball entered the transformer box through a gap in the door. Suraj got a shock in his right hand while trying to fetch the ball. He was admitted to SSKM Hospital, where doctors had to amputate the hand.
After Suraj returned home, his father sought compensation from CESC. The company decided to pay Rs 20,000. Jogesh received the amount but moved the high court in January 2008 for a higher compensation.
“On May 7, 2012, Justice J. Biswas dismissed the petition on the grounds that it should be heard by a civil court,” a source at the high court said.
Jogesh moved an appeal before the division bench of Justice Chattopadhyay and Justice Srivastav. On Monday, the bench made it clear that CESC would have to pay a “lump sum” compensation to the boy.
Justice Chattopadhyay had said: “Either your client has to disburse the amount or we will ask the company’s chairman and general manager to attend the court.”
On Wednesday, CESC lawyer Subir Sanyal submitted that his client had agreed to pay Rs 6 lakh in compensation to the boy.
The first day of ICSE 2013 went off peacefully with no untoward incident being reported from anywhere in the city or the districts, officials said.
Congress leader Mohammad Mukhtar, arrested in connection with the Garden Reach cop murder, refused to have his face covered while the CID produced him at Alipore court on Wednesday.
He has been remanded in police custody till March 4.