The Delhi high court today directed the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Centre to enhance the compensation being provided to the victims of the September 7 bomb blast at the Delhi high court. The court also directed that an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 10 lakh compensation be paid to kins of the deceased and the permanently disabled as well as Rs. 3 lakh to those suffering from serious injuries. Those suffering from minor injuries are to be given Rs. 20,000, as per the court direction.
It was submitted before the court by government counsel, N. Waziri that Rs. 6 lakhs has already been disbursed to kin of each deceased till now and Rs. 3 lakh has been paid to permanently incapacitated. Rs. 2 lakhs has also been paid to those seriously injured and Rs. 10,000 to those with minor injuries.
The court while directing the GNCT and the Centre to enhance the compensation also directed that the total compensation amount has to be shared equally by both and should be disbursed in three weeks.
Of the Rs. 6 lakh awarded to the deceased the amount of Rs. 4 lakh have been paid by the GNCT and Rs. 2 lakhs by the Centre. As per the direction of the court today, of the remaining Rs. 4 lakhs, Rs. 1 lakh will be paid by the GNCT and Rs. 3 lakh by the centre.
Waziri today also submitted that the government would categorise the bills of the medical expenses for the treatment undergone by the victims under freeship quota both for private and government hospitals.
He further submitted that artificial limbs will be provided to the amputees. On the issue of education and job opportunities for the surviving children and family members of the deceased and the permanently disabled the court directed that education be provided free of cost by the state and the government to consider aspect of job opportunities.
Assistant Solicitor General AS Chandioke appeared on the behalf of the union.
The PIL was filed by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal who also sought information regarding the measures taken by the investigative agencies to prevent such terrorist activities in Delhi.