Coming to the rescue of the children of Sharmila Gupta who had died allegedly due to police negligence following an accident,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the amicus curiae to submit a detailed report after visiting them to assess their financial and other needs.
Directing amicus curiae Onkar Singh Batalvi to visit the children staying with their maternal grandmother,a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul observed that it wanted to know their requirement so that appropriate compensation for their rehabilitation could be ordered. Sharmilas two sons are studying in classes X and XI.
Sharmila,33,a resident of Nayagaon,had bled to death awaiting police action after her two-wheeler collided with a CTU bus on May 7 this year on the slip road near Home Science College in Sector 10. Her head was crushed under the rear wheels of the bus. The woman allegedly lay on the road bleeding to death while the PCR staff and the Investigating Officer allegedly kept waiting for the SHO to reach the spot. Two youths had complained that while they wanted to help Sharmila,they were not allowed to do so.
The High Court took suo motu notice of a report about the incident. The amicus had submitted that since Gupta died due to police negligence,it was the responsibility of the administration to adequately compensate the children.
Following the incident,the Chandigarh Police had ordered an inquiry. Holding Shri Prakash,Sector 3 Station House officer (SHO),responsible for gross negligence for his conduct,the inquiry officer had concluded that a departmental inquiry for major punishment be initiated against the SHO.
Sharmila had been seeking justice for her husband for the last six months. Her husband Sunil had met with an accident on October 23 last year after an unknown vehicle had hit him when he was riding a two-wheeler. She had blamed the police and hospital authorities for her husbands death.