The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre and Air India to respond to a plea seeking a minimum of Rs 75 lakh compensation for each of the 158 victims of the May 2010 air crash in Mangalore.
A Bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari fixed the matter for final hearing in April. The order was passed on a petition filed by Mohammed Rafiq Salam,who had lost his son in the crash.
Salam has approached the SC against the Division Bench verdict of the Kerala High Court,which overturned a Single Judge order directing Air India to pay a minimum first-tier compensation of Rs 75 lakh or 1 lakh Special Drawing Rights a currency issued by the International Monetary Fund to the families of each of the victims as per the Montreal Convention of 1999. The Convention says the compensation has to be paid on the claim of each affected passenger of an international air carrier involved in an accident irrespective of age,income,nationality,loss of dependency.