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Aggrieved by meagre payoff,kin approach national forum

Upset over the meagre compensation granted by the UT state commission,parents of 18-year-old Anupama Sarkar have filed an appeal before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission,New Delhi,on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 20, 2013 2:48:46 am

Upset over the meagre compensation granted by the UT state commission,parents of 18-year-old Anupama Sarkar have filed an appeal before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission,New Delhi,on Friday.

Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia,who filed the appeal on behalf of Anupama’s parents has received the acknowledgement of the appeal being registered. The appeal will be heard by a bench headed by Justice (retd) Ashok Bhan,president,National Commission,on May 3.

The appeal for enhancement of compensation has been filed only against PGI and not CTU. “Anupama’s parents are not claiming any further relief from Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU),and is satisfied with the claim granted by the state commission,” read the appeal.

Chandgothia,while pledging higher compensation against PGI,stated,“The state commission has erred in assessing and awarding compensation on a very lower side against the PGI and on a consolidated and lump-sum basis. The compensation ought to have been assessed separately under various admissible heads,especially towards death of their only child in her youth and for pecuniary and special damages.”

He said that parents of the deceased were entitled to be awarded Rs 1 lakh towards reimbursement of medical and other expenses,Rs 50 lakhs towards loss of future earnings and dependency on their only daughter,Rs 5 lakhs as compensation for the pain suffered by the deceased during her treatment and by the complainants,Rs 10 lakhs for the life-long pain and Rs 10 lakhs as punitive damages against all the operations to be credited in favour of the UT state legal services authority.

On July 17,Anupama’s leg was crushed under a CTU bus,she was referred to PGIMER,where the surgery was planned immediately. But the operation was allegedly delayed for days,for reasons best known to the doctors.

On July 20,the infection spread to her body and she was diagnosed with gas gangrene,following which her leg was amputated. She was declared critical and put on ventilator,and on July 24,Anupama was declared dead.

On April 2,2013 the state commission held PGI and CTU guilty in the case and asked them to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation.

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