Delhi HC blast injured wants cash for treatment,not FD

Awarded Rs 10 lakh,govt has released Rs 7 lakh to Aftab Ahmad; says rest will come as fixed deposit

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:August 15, 2013 5:36 am

Sadar Bazar resident Aftab Ahmad,who suffered permanent hearing damage in the blasts outside the Delhi High Court in September 2011,is now battling red tape to get the full compensation amount awarded to him.

Ahmad had suffered extensive ear damage,resulting in permanent hearing loss in his right ear. The high court in December 2012 ordered that Rs 10 lakh each be given as compensation to the victims who suffered permanent injuries. Ahmad has already received Rs 7 lakh and has been told he will get the rest Rs 3 lakh as fixed deposit with a minimum lock-in period of three years.

Aftab,who is scheduled to undergo Cochlear implant surgery at a private hospital in Delhi,on Wednesday approached a high court bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmad and Justice Vibhu Bakhru with the plea that the remaining compensation money should be released to him directly to pay for the surgery.

According to the plea filed through advocate Bahar U Barqi,the surgery and hospitalisation were expected to cost nearly Rs 13 lakh. Ahmad deals in manufacturing and supplying toys.

“He has arranged part of the money by borrowing from relatives. If the remaining compensation money is released by the government,it will greatly help him meet the surgery cost,” argued Barqi.

Rules framed under the Guidelines of Central Scheme for Assistance in 2010 stipulate that the compensation to victims of terrorism,Naxal or communal violence will be given only as fixed deposit in a national bank,with a lock-in period of three years,after which the money will be directly transferred to the victim’s account.

During arguments on Wednesday,government counsel Shoaib Haider informed the court that the government was not in a position to release the remaining compensation amount until Ahmad submitted his bank account details. “Rules do not allow us to release the money directly. The victim has not submitted his bank account details so the fixed deposit account has not been created,” Haider said.

But he added that the government would release the money as directed by the court.

Ahmad,meanwhile,was ordered by the court to complete the paperwork for the fixed deposit within one week to get access to the remaining compensation money.

Fifteen people were killed and 79 others injured in the blasts that took place outside the main reception gate of the high court on September 7,2011.

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