Two months after a single-judge bench ordered exemplary compensation of Rs 60 lakh to a four-year-old who has been rendered invalid,a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued an interim order cutting the compensation to half.
The division bench also issued notices to the family of four-year-old Raman on an appeal by Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited against the single bench order on July 2. This is an interim order and the final decision will be taken after hearing both the parties.
In his July order,Justice R N Raina directed the Haryana government to consult top medical institutions to make the boy mobile through artificial limbs,the expense for which was to be borne by the state. He also ordered the Nigam to pay the family Rs 20,000 every month to meet caregiving expenses for the boy. This amount was cut to Rs 10,000 by a division bench today.
Justice Rainas award was arguably the maximum compensation ever fixed for a victim of electrocution by the high court. Raman had to suffer triple amputation after he came into contact with a naked 11 KV transmission line passing over his house in Panipat on November 3,2011.
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited had pleaded that the insulator was illegally installed by Ramans father. Slamming the Nigam and holding it squarely responsible,the single Bench had held that it was the responsibility of the Nigam to check if there were any encroachments or illegal installation of lines.
The Nigam,in its appeal,contended that there was no rationality in calculating the amount of compensation ordered by the single bench.